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‘I found 40 live rounds ammunition at Palo’s wife residence’

…police investigator testifies

September 18, 2020

By Yusufu S. Bangura

As the matter continues between the State and Isata Saccoh, wife of Rtd Major Alfred Palo Conteh, the fifth prosecution witness, Detective Police Constable 10198 Augustine Samuka Kamara, attached to the Major Incident Unit at the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in Freetown, has told the court that he found 40 live rounds ammunition at the accused’s residence.

“I found 40 live rounds of ammunition, one empty pistol magazine, one black Gluck 17 plastic case, one orange internal gun lock with two keys,” he said.

The witness recognised the accused person and recalled on the 29th April, 2020, while he was on duty at the said station, the Head of Operations, M.K Allieu instructed Detective Inspector Alimamy Kamara to form a team in order to act on an intelligence he had received.

He told the court that a search warrant was obtained and that the information was taken to two Justices of Peace for them to sign on the said warrant in order to conduct a search warrant at the residence of the accused for possession of small arms and ammunition.

He said the investigating team which was headed by Detective Inspector Alimamy Alex Kamara left the station and went to the residence of the accused.

He said upon their arrival at the premises, Inspector Alimamy introduced the team to the accused and informed her about the purpose of their visit, adding  that the search warrant was shown to her.

He continued that, the accused accompanied the investigating team to her bedroom and that during the course of the search at the wardrobe of the accused; he discovered the above mentioned items and immediately informed Inspector Alimamy.

He explained that when the accused was asked about the said items, she said they belong to his husband (Rtd Major Alfred Palo Conteh) who is incarcerated at the Pademba Road prison.

He said the search warrant was endorsed in her presence, signed and that it was read over to her by Lawyer Wara- Serry Kamal, who was present during the search.

He concluded that the accused and the said exhibit were taken to the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters for investigation.

The witness was cross-examined by defense counsel, Tejan Conteh, and the matter was prosecuted by state counsel, Yusuf Isaac Sesay.    

The accused person (Isata Saccoh) was arraigned in court on three counts of Conspiracy, Unlawful Possession of ammunition and other related offence.

According to the indictments, the state had alleged that the accused on the 29th April, 2020, at No.11 Belewa Drive, Hill Station in Freetown, was found in possession of small arms and ammunition without license.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Hannah Bonnie presiding at the Pademba Road court No.1 adjourned the matter to Wednesday 30th September, 2020, for further hearing, while the accused person’s bail continues.

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