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Le86m theft at Sierra Rutile:

3 workers remanded

By Hawa Amara

Three people – Lassanah Bayoh, Mamadu Barrie and John Beningo – were yesterday remanded at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No. 2 for allegedly stealing 23 metric tons of titanium dioxide rutile product valued Le86 million.

The accused persons were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy to commit felony and larceny contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act of 1916.

The prosecution alleged that the accused, on diverse dates between 1st and 26th December 2013 at Moriba Town in the Impere Chiefdom, Moyamba District in the southern province of Sierra Leone, conspired together with other persons to commit a felony to wit larceny.

The prosecution further alleged that at Largor Nitti Main Motor Road, Lower Banta Chiefdom in the Moyamba District, the accused persons did steal 23 metric tons of titanium dioxide, rutile product valued Le86 million, being property of Sierra Rutile Limited.

Defence counsel Umar Napoleon Koroma applied for bail on behalf of his clients, saying they are not flight risk. He argued that the accused persons have reliable sureties to stand on their behalf and that if granted bail, they would neither interfere with prosecution witness nor jump bail.

However, police prosecutor PC 8534 Sesay G. objected to bail on the grounds that some of the accused persons are still on the run, while the others are not resident in the Freetown jurisdiction, and that they do not have traceable addresses in their villages.

In his ruling, Magistrate Kamanda stated that the offence for which the accused persons were charge with is very serious and that if granted bail, they might not turn up in court for the matter.

The matter continues.