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Detective testifies in ex-Minister’s robbery matter

OCTOBER 10, 2014 By Hawa Amara

Detective Police Constable (DPC) 9920 Manso Kargbo attached to the Anti-Robbery Unit yesterday testified in a robbery matter involving one Mohamed Kamara, who allegedly robbed former Health Minister Dr. Soccoh Kabia property worth over Le22 million.

The officer was giving evidence at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Komba Kamanda. He told the court that on 5thAugust, the file of an alleged robbery with aggravation case was brought to his Unit from the Criminal Investigation Department, and that the said file was handed over to him for further investigation.

He explained that Detective Inspector Kelly Kamara and DPC 8384 Kamara A.B. visited the scene of crime at No. 4 Regent Road, Hill Station. He added that on 8th August, Detective Sergeant 7789 Kamara U. and personnel of the Anti-Robbery Unit conducted covert intelligence operation within the Goderich area, which led to the arrest of the accused and one Alie Jalloh on 9th August.

DPC Kargbo said on the said date, detectives seized an Apple iPad computer and mobile phone from the accused, which prompted them to conduct a search warrant at the home of the accused at No.61 College Road, Goderich.

He further told the court that he and Inspector Kelly interrogated the accused on 4 September, and he was subsequently charged with the offence of robbery with aggravation, wounding, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and receiving stolen goods.

While being cross-examined by lead defence counsel C.F. Edward, the witness told the court that he obtained three statements from the accused person, during which the latter told him three different things about how he acquired the iPad; including that it was a gift from his sister, and that one Alie Jalloh sold it to him.

The witness said Alie Jalloh was subsequently released because of lack of evidence.

However, Magistrate Kamanda ordered that Alie Jalloh and his surety be rearrested.

The hearing was adjourned to 13th October.

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