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Nurse granted Le50m bail

April 7, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Nurse Henrietta Khatty, 1st accused in a matter of child theft at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH), was last Thursday granted bail in the sum of Le50m and two sureties in like sum, one of whom must produce a driver’s license or national identity card, to be approved by the acting Master and Registrar.

This development came after second prosecution witness, Batu Kelfala, told Magistrate Albert J. Moody presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 2 that she could not identify the nurse that took the baby for an Ebola test as she was only asked to accompany her.

“I followed the nurse but when we moved a distance the nurse told me to wait at the door, saying I should not enter since it is an Ebola center. I waited for her over three hours but I did not see the nurse and the baby,” the witness explained

She said a security guard who met her at the gate helped her search around the hospital but the nurse was nowhere to be seen. She said the mother and husband of the one-day-old child were later informed about the incident, before a report was made at the Eastern Police Station.

The other accused persons Fuad Sorie Kamara, a private security guard, James Tamba Junior, a soldier, and Gibril Badamasie, were not granted bail.

The accused were arraigned on three counts of conspiracy to steal a child contrary to law, child stealing contrary to section 56 of the Offences Against the Persons Act of 1861, and forgery contrary to section 10(1) of the Forgery Act of 1913.

Police prosecutor Inspector Kelly Dumbuya alleged that the accused persons had conspired with some unknown persons to commit a felony, to wit child stealing, on 21 December, 2014 at the PCMH in Freetown.

The prosecution also alleged that the accused on the same date and at the same hospital, with intent to fraud, took away a one-day-old baby boy with intent to deprive Sia Sesay, the mother, of her baby.

The matter continues on 8 April.
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