OCTOBER 30, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara and Patricia Johnson
Eight accused persons were yesterday remanded at the male Correctional Center on Pademba Road and the female detention facility at the former Special Court after they were refused bail by Magistrate Mohamed Serray-Wurie of the Pademba Road Court No.2.
Alhaji Abass Conteh, Alpha Kamara, Davis Brown, Posseh Kamara, Arnold Kanu, Nanah Conteh, Beatrice Brown, Edith Bull and Marie Kamara were arraigned to answer nine counts of wounding with intent, contrary to Section 18 of the Offences Against the Persons Act of 1816, as well as wounding, assault, throwing missiles and disorderly behaviour, among other offences, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
According to the prosecutor, the accused persons on 21 October 2014, at Babadorie, Lumley, west of Freetown, wounded one Saidu Joshua Kamara with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. It was also alleged that the accused persons were found throwing stones at the residence of one Edward Conteh.
Lead defence counsel Paul Squire applied for bail on behalf of all accused persons, assuring the court that they are Freetown residents and would not flout any bail conditions set by the magistrate. He backed his plea by Section 79(12) of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.
However, police prosecutor Inspector Agatha Heals objected to bail, noting that the offences were grave and a common occurrence, while there was a likelihood they could interfere with witnesses.
She also applied for an arrest warrant in respect of the ninth accused person (Marie Kamara) who was not in court, which application was granted by the trial magistrate.
The matter was adjourned until 6 November.
Meanwhile, in another matter in the same court, one Francis Bangura was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment following his conviction for the offence of fraudulent conversion.
The convict is reported to have sold two TVS Star Sport motorbikes valued at Le7.8 million, which were entrusted to him by one Kadiatu Mansaray for commercial purpose.
According to Police Prosecutor Sergeant 5115 Margaret Kpundeh, the property was entrusted to the convict on 2 September, 2014 at Marjay Town in Goderich, when he fraudulently converted them to his own benefit.