4 remanded for robbery with aggravation

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March 12, 2019

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Four alleged armed robbers, Morlai Kamara, Omo Morlai, Lamin Mansaray and Ansumana Bangura were last Thursday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road after they were arrested and arraigned for robbery with aggravation.

The four accused persons were before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie, presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 on three counts of robbery with aggravation, conspiracy to commit a felony and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to Section 47 of the Offences Against the Persons Act of 1861.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons, being armed with a Knife and crow bar, robbed the complainant (Bailoh Bundu) on Monday 11th February 2019, at Beach Road, Lumley in Freetown.

It is also alleged that the accused persons robbed the complainant his properties worth 2,100 thousand Leones.

On count three, they also allegedly assaulted the complainant in a manner, thereby occasioning to actual bodily harm.

In his testimony, Detective Police Constable 13188 Josephus Musa attached at the Anti-Robber Unit in Freetown, said he knew the complainant in respect of the matter and recognised the accused persons.

He said he was on duty at the Anti-Robbery Unit when a case of an alleged robbery with aggravation was reported by the complainant against the accused persons.

He narrated that he issued a police medical form to the complainant, which he took to the Connaught hospital for treatment.

The witness said the complainant later returned with the endorsed medical, while he obtained statement from the complainant and witnesses respectively.

 He added that he visited the scene of crime at Safecon roundabout in Freetown.

“On the 13th February, I obtained statement from the accused persons. I signed as the recorder, while DPC 15144 Samao SS served as witness,” he said.

He said on the 15th March 2019, he charged the accused persons with the offences of robbery with aggravation, conspiracy to commit a felony and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The matter was prosecuted by Sergeant Donald Taylor and the accused were unrepresented.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Bonnie remanded the accused and adjourned the matter to Wednesday 13th March.