November 30, 2021
By Jeneba A Conteh
Abdulai Jalloh and seven other accused persons have made another appearance before Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Pademba Road Court No.2 in Freetown for preliminary investigation on five count charges of conspiracy to commit a crime contrary to law, riotous conduct contrary to Section 12 (a) of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965, insulting conduct contrary to Section 3 (1) of the Public Order Act No.46 1965, intimidation contrary to Section 4 of the Public Order Act of 1965, throwing missiles contrary to Section 6 of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965.
It was alleged that on Wednesday November 24th, 2021,at Syke Street in Freetown, the accused persons conspired together with other persons unknown to commit a crime to wit riotous conduct, and in the process used abusive and insulting words, intimidated, and threw missiles on ASP John Songo Mansaray, Inspector Hawa Conteh, Constable 11868 Ernest Conteh, with intent to provoke them to commit a breach of the peace.
The charges were read to all the accused persons and they pleaded not guilty on each count charges.
Prosecution witness No.1, Sergeant 11134 Mohamed Koroma, attached to the Western Police Station, Adelaide Street, recognized all accused persons in the dock as motor bike riders.
He said on Wednesday 24th November 2021, he was at the roundabout at St. John when he received information from Inspector Hawanatu Conteh.
He said himself together with Sergeant Conteh, PC Lansana and Inspector Hawa Conteh,moved toward Syke Street to Assension Town where they had declared prohibited and that he instructed PC Lansana to get hold on the bikes without the keys and accompanied them to the station.
He said as they approached Kingtom, they saw a large crowd of motor bike riders throwing missiles at them.
The police officer said they managed to arrest some and charged them to court.
The witness said whiles they were at the said police station they saw another large crowd of bike riders in front of the police station using insulting languages and threatened to burn down the station.
The second accused person was identified by the witness.
Cross examined by defense counsel, Randy S. Bangura, the witness confirmed that Skye Street is a prohibited area.
At the end of the witness’s cross examination, defense counsel Randy S. Bangura applied for bail on behalf of the accused persons. He said they are residents within the jurisdiction and have fixed abode.
He further stated that they were not flight risk, and have reliable sureties who were willing and ready to enter into recognisance on their behalf. He made his application pursuant to section 79 (2) (3) of the Criminal Procedure Act 1965
However, Magistrate Ngegba refused the accused persons bail and adjourned the matter to the 1st December, 2021.