‘1st accused requested 178,116 litres’
AUGUST 29, 2014 By Hawa Amara
A sales supervisor at NP Sierra Leone Limited, Victoria Anita Kashopeh Cole, yesterday told the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 that the first accused in the fuel theft matter involving workers of the National Power Authority (NPA), Mustapha Sannoh, first requested 160,000 litres of diesel from the station.
Ms. Cole testified that on 16 May, 2014, Sannoh also requested 18,116 litres of diesel fuel before close of day – making a total of 178,116 litres.
She explained that on 17 May, she received a phone call from the fifth accused, Admire Brown, who shared some information with her regarding the said fuel.
While being cross-examined by defence counsel H.M. Gevao, the witness told the court that she was never questioned for raising the amount of fuel requested by the first accused. She revealed that the engineers at the NP terminal have responsibility to provide bowsers to transport fuel to customers.
The accused persons – Mustapha Sannoh, Aiah Moseray, Mohamed Mamoud Conteh, Sheriff Koroma and Admire Browne – were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Komba Kamanda on four counts of conspiracy to defraud, contrary to law; larceny as a servant, contrary to Section 17(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916; embezzlement, contrary to Section 17(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916; and obtaining goods by false pretences, contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
The prosecution alleges that the accused persons on diverse dates between 10 and 18 May, 2014, in Freetown, conspired with other persons to defraud the government of Sierra Leone by falsely representing supply of fuel to the NPA sub-station at Blackhall Road in the east of the city.
The prosecution also alleges that the accused persons on the same date, in Freetown, being servants of the government of Sierra Leone, stole from NPA 160,000 liters of fuel valued Le180 million.
The prosecution says the first accused, between 16 and 19 May, 2014, in Freetown, fraudulently embezzled the said amounts received by him on behalf of the government of Sierra Leone, and with intent to defraud obtained from NP the said fuel by falsely pretending that the NPA sub-station at Blackhall Road was in urgent need of fuel.