By Janet A. Sesay
Osman Kamara, who identifies himself as a scrap dealer, on Thursday 8th April 2021, made his first appearance before Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Court No. 1 on Pademba Road in Freetown, as he was alleged to have destroyed cables that belong to the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) worth over one hundred and seventy six thousand dollars.
The accused is charged on three counts, ranging from conspiracy, being in possession of house breaking implement, and malicious damage, which are all contrary to Section 51 of the Malicious Damage Act of 1861.
According to the charge sheet, the accused, on Thursday 25th March 2021, at Hennesson Street, Kingtom in Freetown, conspired together with other persons unknown to commit a felony. Again, on the same day and place, the accused was found in possession of one orange hacksaw.
The charge sheet furthered that the accused also maliciously damaged one 1X240mmn2XLPECU cable with 26.5M copper cable, valued at $176,640, which is the property of the government of Sierra Leone, whilst in the custody of Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA).
When the charges were read to the accused, no plea was taken. The accused is not represented and so no bail application was made on his behalf.
He was remanded until the 16th April 2021.