4 remanded for Le526m heist in fishing vessel


October 2, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Timothy Sallaka Babuyi, Santigie Kamara, Momoh Lamin and Idrisa Mabinty Kamara were Wednesday remanded at the male correctional centre on Pademba Road by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 for allegedly stealing property worth a little over Le526 million from a fishing vessel.

The accused were arraigned on three counts, ranging from conspiracy to commit a felony to wit stealing, larceny from a fishing vessel to receiving stolen properties, contrary section 33 of the Larceny Act of 1916.

Police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Samuel Kamara alleged that on 16 September, the first and second accused persons, Timothy Sallaka Babuyi and Santigie Kamara, respectively, conspired with some unknown persons to go onboard a fishing vessel MV Verica at Murray Town to commit a felony.

He alleged that both accused persons stole 48 aluminum drier plates and pipes, 6 gas bottles, 24 volts batteries, 3 electric cookers, 2 winch wires, 1 bundle of rope, and 2 drawers filed with drugs, cumulatively valued at over Le526 million, being property of Penecillar Fishing Company and in the custody of one Amadu Kamara.

According to the prosecutor, the third and fourth accused persons, Momoh Lamin and Idrisa Mabinty Kamara, received 13 aluminum plates valued Le130 million on 18 September, knowing that they were stolen from the Penecillar Fishing Company.

The matter was adjourned to 7 October.