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5 remanded for damaging ferry

OCTOBER 30, 2014 By Hawa Amara

Five accused persons were yesterday remanded at the male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown for allegedly damaging the M.V. Great Scarcies ferry valued at US$1 million.

The quintet of Robert Smith Samba, Charles Armstrong Kamara, Mohamed Bundu aka Papah, Ibrahim Lahai and Yusuf Abdulai Fullah were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to law, and destruction of machine or engines contrary to Section 15 of the Malicious Damage Act of 1861.

According to Police Prosecutor Inspector S. Conteh, the accused on 30th September 2014, at Kissy Ferry Terminal in Freetown, conspired with some unknown individuals to maliciously damage a sea chest at the star boat side of M.V. Great Scarcies, being property of M.V. Great Scarcies Navigation Limited.

Defence counsel E.K. Amara applied for bail on behalf of the accused persons on the grounds that they are Sierra Leoneans who are permanently resident in Freetown, and with responsible sureties to stand on their behalf. He said the accused persons will not interfere with prosecution witnesses if admitted to bail.

However, the prosecutor objected to the bail application, submitting that the offence was a grave one as the ferry in question was on national service, while the damaged parts are very expensive. Also, he said the men could jump bail if granted one.

Accordingly, Magistrate Kamanda refused the accused persons bail and adjourned the matter to 17 November when the prosecution will open its case.

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