Duo granted Le100m bail for carrying cartridges


August 5, 2021

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Two accused persons, Umaru Kondeh and Saidu Mbrewa alias ‘Mende boy’, were yesterday granted 100 million Leones bail each by Magistrate Sahr Kekura presiding at the Pademba Road Court No.1 for allegedly carrying cartridges in  Kambia District.

The accused persons have made several appearances before the court on two counts of conspiracy contrary to law and unlawful possession of small arms ammunition without authority, contrary to Section 19 (2) (a) of Act No.14 of 1955 as repealed and replaced by Section 10 of Act No.7 of 1972.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons on Tuesday 6th July, 2021, at the Gbalamuya Customs checkpoint in Kambia, Northern Province of Sierra Leone, conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit unlawful possession of ammunition of ten (10) cartoons of short gun cartridges without license.

The matter was mentioned in court but the charges were not put to the accused persons.

Magistrate Kekura said since the charges were not put to the accused persons because they were defective, he therefore granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of 100 million Leones each.

He ordered that they should have one surety each and that each surety must be an elderly person and must be a responsible citizen.

He added that they should be permanent resident in the Western Area and that they should produce identity cards depicting their addresses in Freetown.

He said the bail bond must be approved by the Deputy Assistant Registrar.

The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Aminatu Daboh.

 The matter was adjourned to Monday 9th August 2021, for further hearing.