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EDSA inferno accused put on Le800m bail

February 10, 2016 By Hawa Amara

Magistrate Abu Bakarr Binneh-Kamara of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 yesterday granted bail in the sum of Le800m plus two sureties to one Moses Alie Lansanah, who is standing trial on three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, arson and setting fire to any matter or thing being in a building, contrary to section 7 of the Malicious Damage Act of 1861.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused on Saturday, 16 January, 2016 unlawfully and maliciously set fire to the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) store at Electricity House on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, with intent to defraud the Government of Sierra Leone.

Magistrate Binneh-Kamara also ordered that the two sureties should produce title deeds of their respective property located in the Western Area Urban, adding that both sureties should produce their national passport, and that the accused must surrender his travel documents to the acting Master and Registrar.

Earlier, Desmond David Wright, who is the internal auditor at EDSA, told the court that he was at home on the morning of the fire incident.

He said he had instructed two of his auditors – Milton Leigh and Santigie M. Sesay – to transfer some metres from the headquarters to the Blackhall Road office for monitoring, and that he was subsequently informed that fire had engulfed the third floor of the Electricity House, allegedly destroying the metres.

The witness continued that he was not allowed to enter the building after the fire incident, but was asked to make a statement at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters on Pademba Road in Freetown.

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