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2 remanded for assault on Police officers

DECEMBER 10, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

Twelve accused persons – Sulaiman Samura, Alhassan Mansaray, Abu Bakarr Bangura, Alhassan Fornah, Mohamed Sesay, Mohamed Komba, Mohamed Turay, Isatu Tunkara, Ishmael Turay, Abdul Bangura, Hassan Bangura and Sulaiman Munu – were yesterday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road by Magistrate Abu Bakarr Binneh-Kamara, presiding at the Ross Road Magistrates’ Court No.1, for allegedly wounding and assaulting six police officers.

The accused persons were arraigned on sixteen counts ranging from wounding and assault on police officers, participating in a public meeting and gathering, to disorderly behaviour, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

They matter has six complainants: Abass Alhaji Bangura, Reginald Cole, Mohamed Lamin Sesay, Aruna Sesay, Mohamed Sankoh and Alusine Jalloh.

According to the particulars of offence, the twelve accused persons on 3 December 2014 maliciously wounded and assaulted six police officers in a manner occasioning actual bodily harm, at Ojuku Junction, east of Freetown. The officers were in the course of executing their lawful duty, the prosecution said.

After prosecutor Inspector Osman Minkailu Bangura has read the charges, the accused persons pleaded guilty.

Defence counsel A.P. Jalloh, representing all the accused, applied for bail while his clients await their sentencing, but the prosecutor vehemently objected to bail being granted.

The magistrate remanded all the accused and adjourned the matter to 15 December for further hearing.

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