OCTOBER 2, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara
Sembu Thollie and his colleague – a juvenile – were yesterday sentenced to three years imprisonment each for breaking into a shop and stealing goods worth in excess of a million Leones.
They were arraigned before Justice Sam Margai to answer to two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and larceny, contrary to Section 26(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
According to the particulars of offence, the pair on 9 January, 2013, broke and entered the shop of Ahmed Sajor Bah and stole one Timberland boot, a Samsung phone and assorted goods, totaling Le1,250,000.
State prosecutor A.J.M. Bockarie told the court that he relied on paragraph 424 on page 117 of Archibald Criminal Practices 36th edition and urged the Bench to give a sentence to the accused not exceeding 14 years.
However, defence counsel Robert B. Kowa pleaded with the judge to go for a minimal sentence as his clients have been on remand since the start of the trial. He reminded the judge that the second accused was a minor during and after the crime was committed.
In his sentencing statement, the judge said his judgment was to satisfy societal aspirations and that the attitude of the accused persons was detrimental to society.
He referred to the duo as deviants in the society, and accordingly gave them three years imprisonment each without an alternative of fines.
Meanwhile, the judge ordered that the juvenile be taken to the Approved School to serve his sentence.