July 4, 2019
By Regina Pratt
A popular businessman, who was allegedly duped by Randa Skieky the amount of USD500, 000 on Tuesday (2nd July) testified before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie presiding at the Pademba Road court No.1.
Led in evidence by Counsel I.S. Yilla, the witness told the court that the defendant was employed by Alie Abess Transport Enterprises.
He told the court that he is the owner and accountant of the said business.
The witness further said he does not operate a personal account, but a business account, adding that customers do pay him in dollars or Leones and that the daily sales are kept in the office as petty cash.
The witness said he resides at number 30 Bintumani drive, Aberdeen and that the defendant was the manager for Kenema office.
He said each time he travels out of the country the defendant will occupy the Freetown office and his residence until his returns.
He stated that the defendant has been working with him officially since October, 2012 to 6th September, 2018, adding that whilst in Lebanon, between 25th August to 7th September, 2018, he called the defendant through her cell phone and gave her certain instructions.
The witness said when he returned on 6th September, 2018, he observed that the sum of USD500, 000 was missing in his bedroom wardrobe.
He stated that he later called the defendant and asked her about the missing amount but she told her that she didn’t take the money.
“I then called her husband to come to Freetown immediately,” he said, adding that he also informed his brother about the incident.
The witness said he reported the matter to police on 12th September, 2018 and that later he received a tipoff that the defendant was about to travel.
He testified that he alerted the head of Criminal Investigation Departments about the move of the defendant.
The matter was adjourned to Thursday 18th July, 2019 for the defendant’s counsel to continue further cross-examination.
Meanwhile, under cross examination, the complainant admitted that before he left for Lebanon, he did not tell the defendant about the money, but his wife personally knew about it.