Duo to serve 7 years imprisonment for robbery


November 28, 2018

By Ibrahim K. Turay

Justice Alhaji Momoh Jah Stevens yesterday convicted and sentenced two robbers, Sheburah Mansarary and Abu Bakarr Kamara, to seven years imprisonment.

The men had been arraigned for conspiracy, and robbery contrary to Section 23(2) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

According to the indictment, the convicts on 14th July 2016 in Freetown robbed one Osman Bangura of his phone and cash totaling Le3,200,000.

Justice Stevens said his decision was influenced by the accused persons’ confessional statement to the police and corroborating evidence of four prosecution witnesses.

The judge said confessional statement was admissible in law as long as the convicts were not put under duress or inducement by a person in authority.

“I hold that once a confession is made voluntarily, there is no need for further proof. There is nothing suggesting from the case of the prosecution that the said confessions were obtained involuntarily by the first and second accused. Therefore, I hold it as statement of fact,” he added.

 “On count one, the first and second accused persons are sentenced to two years imprisonment. On count two the accused persons are sentenced to seven years imprisonment,” the judge ruled.

The judge added that the time during which the accused persons have spent in detention must be taken into consideration.