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Former Health Minister robbed

- accused remanded in prison

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 By Hawa Amara

One Mohamed Kamara was yesterday remanded at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road for allegedly wounding and robbing the former Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Soccoh Alex Kabia of property worth Le22,580,000.

The accused was arraigned before the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on six counts of conspiracy contrary to law, robbery with aggravation contrary to Section 2(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916 as repealed and replaced by Section 2 of Act No.16 1971, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, wounding contrary to Section 18 of the Larceny Act of 1861, and receiving stolen goods contrary to Section 33(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

The prosecution alleges that the accused on Thursday 31st July at No.4 Regent Road, Hill Station in Freetown conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony, to wit robbery with aggravation.

The prosecution also states that the accused, on the same date and at the same address and being armed with a cutlass and iron bar, robbed the complainant of one HP laptop computer valued Le15,750,000, one Apple Ipad valued Le3,910,000, an I-phone valued Le2,700,000 and other relevant materials – all to the total value of Le22,580,000.

The prosecution further alleges that the accused, at the said address, did receive one Apple I-phone valued Le3,910 knowing it to be stolen property belonging to the complainant.

Defence counsel C.F. Edwards told the court that the charges against the accused person are serious but they are “ordinary allegations”.

He said the accused is an employee and a businessman at Sweizzy, and that the said properties were sold to him, adding that at the end of the trial, the bench will know that the accused was innocent.

He applied for bail on behalf of his client, arguing that the accused is not a flight risk and would not interfere with prosecution witnesses if granted bail.

However, police prosecutor Sergeant 922 Dumbuya J. vehemently objected to bail on the grounds that the offences are very serious and that if granted bail, the accused will interfere with prosecution witnesses, among others.

Magistrate Kamanda refused the accused bail and adjourned the hearing to 23rd September for the prosecution to open its case.