By Mohamed J Kargbo
Ex-police officer, William Sawyerr, made an appearance before Magistrate Mark Negba of Court No:1 on Pademba Road in Freetown and he was remanded to the Male Correctional Centre,Pademba Road in Freetown.
The accused person was standing trial on a count charge to wit unlawful possession of Kush, contrary to Section 89 (a) of the National Drugs Control Act No.10 of 2008.
Police alleged that on the 22nd August, 2023, at New Camp, Grafton Village, in Waterloo, the accused was found in possession of 72 wraps of Kush, weighing 25.5grams without lawful authority.
Testifying in court was detective police officer 13829 Peter Bangura attached to the Transnational Organized Crime Department at Hastings.
The witness recalled on the 26th August 2023, he was on duty when a case was transferred to him together with the suspect, exhibit of 72 wraps of kush and a fiscal cash of one thousand and fifty nine New Leones.
He said himself and Detective Kanu M interviewed the accused person and that at the end of the interview, the statement was read and explained to the accused person.
He said the accused affixed his right hand thumb print, signifying that the statement was true.
The statement was produced and tendered in court.
The witness said on the above same date himself and Sergeant 8310 charged the accused with unlawful possession of Kush, and that charge statement was also tendered in court.
The defense counsel made an application for bail to be administered to his client, but Magistrate Negba denied the accused bail.
The matter was adjourned to the 14th 2023 for further hearings.