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In Police cannabis trial…

Constable testifies against ASP & Co.

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 By Hawa Amara

First prosecution witness, Police Constable 9548 Mohamed Bailor Sesay, yesterday testified against Assistant Superintendent Aruna Turay, Constable 14600 Samuel Hallowell, Mohamed Dumbuya – solider attached at Teko Barracks in Makeni, Musa Tarawally, Abu Bakarr Kamara and Santigie Bangura.

The men are being tried on four counts of possession of drugs, having drugs under their control without lawful authority, contrary to Section 8(a) of the National Drugs Control Act of 2008, and engaging in activities of promoting an enterprise relating to drugs without lawful authority, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

According to police prosecution Inspector S. Conteh, the accused persons on 10th October 2014, at Konsho village, in Makari-Gbanti Chiefdom, Bombali District, were found in possess of drugs – cannabis – without lawful authority.

While testifying at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, PC Sesay said he was deployed at the Konsho village checkpoint by the Panlap division of the police in Makeni.

He told the court that in the morning hours of 10th October 2014, he was at the said checkpoint together with other police officers before he and 3rd accused (Mohamed Dumbuya) went in search of food in a nearby village. He said that on their way back, a vehicle belonging to the second accused (Samuel Hallowell) was seen parked on the road, apparently having broken down. He said he saw the 1st accused (Aruna Turay) who told him that he was going to bid farewell to the chief at Kalangba as he had been transferred to Freetown.

The witness continued that within 30 minutes, the 1st accused informed him that a truck was coming with bags of charcoal and that he should assist him get two bags, but the truck driver agreed to give him a single bag.

The witness said he left to mix chlorine so that passenger could wash their hands when he heard a quarrel between his colleagues at the check point and the 3rdaccused, whom they accused of dropping the rope at the checkpoint without allowing them to check the content of the truck.

The witness further stated that his boss ordered him to chase the truck in order to check what was inside it.

“I chased the truck and I met the first, second and third accused persons in Makeni town. The first accused told me that he has interest in the vehicle and I should forget about it. The three accused persons left me with the vehicle and I called the Crime Officer, Assistant Superintendent Mansaray,” explained PC Sesay, adding that an unknown man came to the scene and offered him Le1.5 million to persuade him to allow the vehicle to go, but he denied the offer.

He was testifying in a preliminary criminal investigation involving Assistant Superintendent of Police Aruna Turay, Constable 14600 Samuel Hallowell, Mohamed Dumbuya – solider attached at Teko Barracks in Makeni, Musa Tarawally, Abu Bakarr Kamara and Santigie Bangura.

Meanwhile, all accused persons were denied bail as the matter was adjourned to 12 November for further hearing.

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