By Jeneba A Conteh
An Indian national, who identified himself as Dilip Peshwani, Samuel Isaac Bangalie, Mohamed John Kamara and Isata Ansumana made their second appearance before magistrate Mark Ngegba of the Pademba Road Court No 1 for allegedly entering into the office of the National Revenue Authority and stole assorted items worth over two hundred thousand new Leones.
The accused were arraigned before the court on a count charge of conspiracy contrary to law and office breaking and larceny contrary to Section 26(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
The charge sheet indicated that the accused on Saturday, 3rd September, 2022, at Wellington in Freetown, conspired together to commit a felony to wit office breaking and larceny.
The charge sheet further indicated that the accused on the same day and place, with intent to steal, broke into and entered the office of the National Revenue Authority and stole one hundred and eleven chairs, valued ninety- nine thousand nine hundred new Leones (NLe 99,900), six office fridges valued ten thousand, eight hundred new Leones (NLe 10,800), twenty -eight conference chairs valued at thirty – two thousand, four hundred new Leones (NLe 32,400) and other valuable items totaling two hundred and one thousand, six hundred and thirty- nine new Leones (NLe 201,639) property of the National Revenue Authority.
Shortly after the matter was mentioned, the prosecutor ASP Ibrahim Mansaray sought for a short adjourned date, saying that he subpoenaed the witness to be but that but did not comply.
Defense Counsel, Derick Attacho asked for a discharge of the matter, indicating that the prosecution was not ready to proceed with the matter.
His application was denied by the Magistrate and the matter was adjourned to the 14 August 2023 for hearing.