February 23, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
All Peoples Congress Member of Parliament representing Constituency 51 in the Buya-Romende Chiefdom, Port Loko district, yesterday explained her ordeal with armed robbers who stormed her Blackhall Road residence on September 26, 2014.
Hon. Abie Kalokoh told Magistrate Abubakarr Binneh Kamara at the Ross Magistrate Court No.1 that her east of Freetown residence was attacked at 2:00am while she was in bed, and that she was seriously manhandled by the robbers who are standing trial.
She told the court that three of the accused persons were armed with knives and a cutlass, and they injured the left hand of her mother who was lying in the sitting room.
“The three accused persons entered my bedroom demanding money from me and started beating me up with the cutlass, and eventually injured both my right foot and right hand. I pleaded with them but one of them took my iPhone, iPad, jewelleries, my two plasma TVs and my hand bags,” the ruling party lawmaker narrated.
Hon. Kalokoh said that while the robbers were busy ransacking her residence and at the same time looking for an escape route through the main door, she sneaked into the bathroom and shouted for help. She said some police officers eventually came to her rescue and arrested one of robbers who had in his possession the two plasma TVs.
According to the particulars of offence presented in court, James Kamara alias ‘Tubangs’, Simeon Sesay alias ‘Long Life’, and Ibrahim Bangura alias ‘Adebayor’, conspired with some unknown individuals to raid the No. 78 Blackhall Road residence of the female MP on Friday, September 26, 2014.
The trio are charged with six counts of robbery with aggravation contrary to Section 23(1)(a) of the Larceny Act 1916.
Defence counsel representing the men, M.B. Bangura, pleaded with the court for an adjournment to allow him ample time to cross-examine the complainant.
Magistrate Kamara granted his application and remanded the three accused persons at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre.
Inspector Osman Minkailu Bangura is the prosecutor.
The matter was adjourned to March 2.