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JUDICIARY UPDATE

Grammar School pupil testifies in robbery case

January 23, 2015  By Hawa Amara

Michael Lamin Vandy, a SSSII pupil of the Sierra Leone Grammar School, who is also the complainant, this Wednesday, testified against three accused persons who he alleged robbed him property worth Le1.5 million.

Vandy told the court that on 27thDecember 2014, he was at Fonima Village in Goderich supervising a building project undertaken by his mother, Josephine Kainesie.

“I was about to go home but there was no commercial vehicle around and I decided to head for the main road when I saw the 3rdaccused (Hindolo) smoking cannabis. He called me but I ignored him; then the 2ndaccused (Tommy) forcefully held my hand and the first accused (David) told me that they are the area task force searching for weapon,” Vandy told the court.

He explained that the first accused ordered him to remove his bag but he refused, and that the 3rd accused opened his bag and removed his digital sonny phone which cost Le1.5 million, adding that the phone was locked and that the accused persons forced him to unlock it but he refused, causing the first accused to land several slaps on his jaw.

“I started shouting for help when the first accused told me to torch the dagger in his pocket and they asked me to run but I refused, until the second accused started throwing stones at me and I fell down. The first accused then took out a knife and told me if I did not run he will stab me,” the Grammar School pupil narrated his ordeal in court.

The witness further explained that two carpenter guys subsequently persuaded him to go home and come back the following day to look for the accused persons.

He stated that the following day he and his uncle went to the scene where the second accused was spotted and he was asked about the phone, but insisted that they should negotiate with him before he returned the phone.

He said the accused later gave him the phone and warned him never to wear blue cloth and pass in that area. He said the accused persons were later arrested after the matter was reported to the Adonkia police station, who issued him a medical report form.

The accused persons – David Kamabao, Sylvester Hindolo and Tommy Fefegula – were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on two counts of conspiracy, contrary to law, and robbery with aggravation, contrary to section 23(1)(a) of the Larceny Act 1916, repealed and replaced by section 2 of Act No.16 of 1971.

The particulars of offence state that the accused on 27th December 2014 conspired with others to commit a felony – robbery with aggravation – at Fonima Village in the York Rural District, while armed with a knife, with their victim being Michael Lamin Vandy.

The matter continues.

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