3 remanded for theft of free healthcare drugs


November 17, 2016 By Hawa Amara

Three men were on Monday 15th November 2016 remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba in Freetown for their alleged involvement in the stealing of a huge quantity of free healthcare from the Kailahum Government Hospital.

One Daniel James Marcathy and his fellow conspirators- Abu BakarrDumbuya and Edward Nyuma Amara were arraigned at the Siaka Steven Street Magistrates’ Court No.1, before the Chief Magistrate, Dr. AbouBhakarrBinneh-Kamara on three counts bordering on conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit a felonious crime and larceny by servant, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleges that the accused on diverse date between 19th and 23rd October, 2016,  Luawa Chiefdom  in the Kailahum District, conspired with other unidentified individuals and defrauded the Sierra Leone government by stealing a large amount of free healthcare drugs

The prosecution further alleges that the accused persons on 22nd October, 2016 at the Kailahum Government Hospital, being servants employed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, did steal assorted free health care drugs belonging to the government of Sierra Leone.

Applying for bail on behalf of the second and  third accused persons, lawyer Lansana Dumbuya pleaded with the court to grant his clients bail, arguing that they are Sierra Leoneans with credible and respectable sureties, who will always show up in court, when granted bail.

He told the court that the second accused, Abu BakarrDumbuya, is a driver and that he has worked at the medical stores for 35-years, adding that the third accused, Nyuma Amara, is also a pharmacist that have worked assiduously for the Ministry of Health for the past 28-years.

“Both accused persons are very hard working and highly respected in the Health Ministry and have never been involved in any criminal activities,” said Dumbuya.

Lawyer Dumbuya informed the court that his clients have been in custody for the past 22-days, hence urged the court to grant them bail.

He consistently assured the court that they would not jump bail nor would they interfere with potential prosecution witnesses.

On his part, Lawyer B. Koroma, who represents the first accused, Daniel James Marcathy also pleaded with Dr. Binneh to release his client on bail. He also noted that he has reliable sureties, who were willing and ready to stand on his behalf.

He pointed out that the offence for which his client was charged is bailable and urged the court to release him.

However, they were denied bail and subsequently remanded and had their matter adjourned to 22nd November, 2016 for the prosecution to open its case.