November 23, 2017 By Hassan Gbessay Koroma
Principal Magistrate at main Law Court in Freetown, Albert J. Moody, has remanded to the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre one Haward Deen Tarawally for allegedly destroying a poster bearing the faces of All People’s Congress (APC) presidential candidate Dr. Samura Kamara and running mate Chernor Maju Bah.
The accused faces preliminary investigation at the lower court on three counts of malicious damage, wounding and assault contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
The prosecution alleges that on 13 November, 2017 at Papa-Tee Night Club, Lumley, Freetown, the accused maliciously damaged one banner bearing the faces of the ruling APC presidential candidate and his running mate.
He is also accused to have assaulted one Junior Karim Conteh.
In his testimony, first prosecution witness Junior Karim Conteh, who is also the complainant in the matter, told the court that he recognised the accused and recalled the day of the incident.
He explained that at around 1a.m., the owner of Papa Tee Night Club informed revelers about a planned visit bb the APC running mate, Chernor Bah.
The witness said that the accused, who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), walked into the compound, grabbed the banner and destroyed it.
“I cautioned the accused that his action has the tendency to create political chaos. He replied that he acted on the instructions of the Sierra Leone People’s Party presidential candidate, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio,” claimed the witness.
He further narrated that he had a confrontation with the accused person, who grabbed a stick and hit him.
The witness continued that he subsequently went with the destroyed banner to the Lumley Police Station and reported the matter to officers, who issued a medical paper to him.
The matter continues.