Arson: Man jailed 10-years


September 26, 2018

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Mohamed Sesay, a young man in his twenties, was Monday sentenced to ten years imprisonment by Justice Alusine Sesay, presiding at the Freetown High Court, after the former pleaded guilty to a charge of arson.

The convict pleaded guilty to the charge on the previous date during the call-over ceremony of the 2018 September Criminal Session of the Freetown High Court.

Police had in February 2018 charged the convict with a count of arson, with State Prosecutor Augustine Sheku alleging that the convict had set a house ablaze in Freetown.

According to Justice Sesay, the action of the convict was very bad, adding that he understood that a child trapped in the fire was rescued by neighbours.

Justice Sesay also sentenced one Taylor Kamara to seven years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to the charge of sacrilege, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

State prosecutors had alleged that the convict on 3rd July, 2017, in Freetown, entered into and stole items worth millions of Leones from a Mosque, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

Addressing Justice Sesay, Prosecutor Sheku told the court that the convict was charged with a very serious offence that has a penalty of life imprisonment.

In his judgement, Justice Sesay told the convict that it was undone for the accused to enter into a holy place of worship to steal, thus admonishing him to find something better to do in life.