Driver remanded for Le160m car theft


November 13, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura

Magistrate Albert Moody of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 last Friday remanded one John Jacob for allegedly stealing a car worth Le.160 million.

The accused person was arraigned on one count of Larceny contrary to section 2 of the Larceny Act of 1916.

According to the prosecution, the accused on Sunday, 7 December, 2014 at Poultney Street in Freetown, stole one Mitsubishi Pajero jeep with registration number ABY 193, valued Le160 million and property of Derick Oju Massaquoi.

In his testimony, Chief Executive Officer of D&M Car Rental Centre, Derick Oju Massaquoi, told the court that the said car was hired by Red Cross during the Ebola crisis in 2014 and that the accused person was driving some medical experts.

He said there was huge amount of money in the car when it was stolen by the accused, adding that he was advised by the expert not to disclose the amount of money that was stolen.

He said the accused person was his family driver for over twenty years, adding that he was surprised to learn about his disappearance with the car and money.

“The car was sold to one Leather Boot for 8 million Leones,” he said.

Speaking from the dock, the accused person stated that the car was stolen by his friends and sold for the aforementioned amount.

The matter was adjourned to 17 November 2017 for further hearing.