18 months jail for shop breaker convict


June 13, 2018

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Justice Komba Kamanda presiding at the Freetown High Court has yesterday Tuesday June 12th sentenced one Juan Williams to eighteen months imprisonment after he convicted him of shop breaking, contrary to law.

The convict was standing trial in the High Court of Sierra Leone with a count charge of shop breaking and larceny contrary to section 26(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

The State Prosecution had alleged that the convict- Juan Williams, on 17th of September, 2016, in Freetown broke into and entered the shop of one Aminata Kamara and stole 39 ledger books valued Le780, 000, one desktop computer monitor valued Le450, 000 two laptop computers valued Le3, 000,000, one HP colored printer valued Le550, 000, all to the total value of Le4, 780,000 properties of the complainant.

In his plea of mitigation, the convict who had already spent almost two years at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre, pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy.

In his sentencing statement, Justice Kamanda advised the convict to engage himself in a better trade and stop going around breaking people’s shops, adding  that he hope the convict would never appear in his court again for such or similar charge.