February 13, 2018 By Memunatu Bangura
Thirteen police recruits were yesterday remanded at the male and female correctional centres in Freetown after their arraignment for conspiring to commit mutiny and incitement, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
Amadu Kanu, Mohamed Israel Sonnie, Santos Jessy Conteh, Ibrahim Kelemasa Sesay, Diana Decker, John Bosco Kamara, James Joseph Yovonie, Raymond Jumanny Sowa and five others made their maidan appearance before Magistrate Santigie Bangura, presiding at the Siaka Steven Street Magistrates’ Courts No.1.
According to Assistant Superintendent I. S. Mansaray, the accused persons Amadu Kanu, James Joseph Yovonie, John Bosco Kamara and Raymond Jumanny Sowa, between Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January, at the Hastings Police Training School, incited Police Constable (PC) 16711 – Lavali Augusta Umu, PC 16793 – Moiwa Daniel, PC 16675 Fallah Momodu, PC-16736 Koroma Mohamed Bomboli, PC-16642 Munu Yayah, John Mumuneh Konteh and Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Saidu Kallay to commit munity.
The police prosecutor further alleged that Amadu Kanu, Mohamed Israel Sonnie and ten others, on the same date conspired with other persons unknown to commit a crime, to wit mutiny.
A battery of lawyers, headed by E.T. Koroma, applied for the accused persons to be granted bail on the grounds that they were ordinarily residents in Sierra Leone and that they should be presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law.
Lawyer Koroma told the magistrate that the accused persons have reliable sureties that were ready to stand in their cognisance, noting that they were all Sierra Leoneans with fixed abode.
But ASP Mansaray objected to the bail application, noting that the offences for which the accused persons were charged to court were very serious and that evidence was yet to be heard.
Magistrate Bangura ruled in favour of the prosecution, thus refused the accused persons bail because of ‘the seriousness of the offence’.
He adjourned the matter to February 19th.