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17 rioters await prison sentencing

April 20, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma  

The Principal Magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ court No., Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara, yesterday (Wednesday April, 19 2017)  remanded seventeen (17) accused persons at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road, awaiting sentencing.

The men pleaded guilty to three count charges of unlawful possession, riotous conduct and disorderly behaviour contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The accused persons-Amara Tejan Kabia, Victor Ulric Reginald   Cole, Mohamed Mamoud Keita, Abass Bangura, Mohamed Kamara, Ibrahim Vandi, Alhaji Lansana, Musa Kamara, Saidu Kargbo, Moses Johnson, Ibrahim Sesay, Abdulrahaman Sesay, Emmanuel Findy and five others were in court on a three count charges of unlawful possession, riotous conduct and disorderly behaviour contrary to Section 12(a) of the Public Order Act of 1965.

Police Prosecutor, Detective Police Constable 9559 L. Pratt, alleged in count one that the first accused- Amara Tejan Kabia, on 17th April, 2017 at Savage Square, Kissy Road in Freetown, was found in possession of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.

In count two, he alleged that Victor Ulric Reginald   Cole, Mohamed Mamoud Keita, Abass Bangura, Mohamed Kamara, Ibrahim Vandi, Alhaji Lansana, Musa Kamara, Saidu Kargbo Moses Johnson, Ibrahim Sesay, Abdulrahaman Sesay and Emmanuel Findy, were  on 17th April, 2017 at Kissy Road in Freetown behaved in a riotous manner contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

He further alleged that all the accused persons  on 17th April, 2017, at Kissy Road in Freetown behaved in a disorderly manner contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

However, Lawyer A. R. Kamara was not allowed to make a plea of mitigation on behalf of his clients.

Meanwhile, the seventeen men would be sentenced on 28 April, 2017.