February 26, 2021
By Jeneba A Conteh
One Mohamed Aruna Saw, office assistant at the Sierrie Concert Company Limited, has made several appearances before Magistrate Wilibri Moria John at Ross Road Court No.1 for office breaking.
The accused was brought before the court on one count charge of office breaking and larceny.
Police prosecutor, A.S.P. O.M Bangura, alleges that the accused on 14th December, 2020, at Jalloh Terice, Wellington in Freetown, broke into the Office of Sierrie Concert Company Limited and stole thirty six million Leones (Le36,000,000).
Prosecution Witness No.2, Detective Sergeant 8593, Mohamed Sesay, attached to the Kissy Police Station, testified that he recognized the accused and the complainant.
He recalled that on the said date while on duty, the complainant made a report of larceny against the accused.
He said upon the receipt of the report, himself and Inspector Foday Kamara and D.P.C 13862, Sankoh B. left for the scene of crime at Jalloh Terrice.
He added that a team of police officers form Kissy Police Station and some workers from the said company visited the scene of crime, adding that the teams returned with a damaged shelf.
He said himself and the crime scene officer D.P.C 13862, Sankoh B. later visited the crime scene where he obtained statement from some employees, the complainant as well as the witness.
He said during the investigation, he discovered a cupboard where the shelf was kept and that it was identified to him by the accountant of the said company.
He said upon enquiring on the 16th of December 2020, a team of police officers and some employees of the said company left for Moyamba Junction to Bai Liagoh Village, three miles away from Moyamba Junction, where the accused was subsequently arrested in possession of one black bag containing money in the form of ten denomination and five denomination, plus an unlicensed T.V.S motorbike.
He said the accused confessed that he did steal the money from the company.
At that junctor, the defense counsel, lawyer Julius Cuffie argued that the investigator never obtained a voluntary caution statement from his client and that he did not followed the judges’ rules.
In reply, the police prosecutor, A.S.P O.M Bangura, stated that the investigator made mention that he obtained a voluntary statement from the accused and the accused was not coerced to make a statement.
In addition, the defenses counsel replied that it was not a voluntary caution statement obtained from the accused, and that he has not peruse the statement that the witness was about to tender in court.
He said the accused did not make any statement to the investigator and that such document should not be tendered in court as evidence.
The presiding Magistrate withdrew the file for ruling and the matter was adjourned to the 11th March 2020.