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Larceny by servant: Mercury International cashier jailed

November 18, 2016  By Hassan Gbassay Koroma 

Gladys Vandy, a cashier at one of the leading betting companies in Sierra Leone, Mercury International, was yesterday remanded at the Female Correctional Centre on Jomo Kenyatta Road by Magistrate Abou Bhkarr Binneh Kamara on a count’s charge of Larceny by Servant.

The accused was yesterday arraigned at the Magistrates’ court No.1 on a count’s charge of Larceny by servant, contrary to Section 17(1) a) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Samuel Kamara , had alleged that on diverse dates between September and October, 2016, the accused being a cashier  at Mercury International betting company at their Krootown Road Office, stole the sum of twenty-five million, six hundred and thirty nine million Leones, belonging to Mercury International.

Making bail application for and on behalf of the accused, Lawyer H. Dabor told the court that the accused was only in court on allegation for which she remained innocent until proven guilty, stating that she was not a flight risk and that if granted bail, she would not jump it.

He further submitted that the accused was the breadwinner of her family and that denying her bail would seriously affect her family, thus assuring  the court that the accused would not by anyway or means interfere with the prosecution witness(s).

Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Samuel Kamara, opposed to bail on the grounds that the accused had made a confessional statement to the police and that she was a flight risk.

He added that being servant of Mercury International, the accused has tendency to interfere with prosecution witnesses.

However, Magistrate Kamara ruled that the accused be remanded at the Female Correctional Centre until he commences hearing.