July 5, 2021
By Jeneba A Conteh
32 years old Abdul Rahman Denkeh was sent into remand after his uncle testified against him in the ongoing preliminary investigation into the theft of vehicles.
Police alleged that the accused, Abdul Rahman Denkeh, on the 10th July, 2020, at Zizer Garage in Freetown, fraudulently converted to his own use and benefit, certain property, one Renault Laguna valued at Le 50 million Leones, entrusted to one Sulaiman Sesay for the purpose of sales, property of Alie Kamara.
Police also alleged that the accused, on the 12th July, 2020, at Zizer Garage in Freetown, converted to his own use and benefit, one BMW 320 valued at Le 60 million Leones.
Police further alleged that the accused on the 15th October, 2020, at Zizer Garage in Freetown, converted to his own use and benefit, one Mercedes Benz valued at Le 60 million Leones, property of Alie Kamara.
Also, the accused on the 23rd December, 2020, at the same place, fraudulently converted one Sprinter Mercedes Benz valued at Le 120 million Leones, property of Alie Kamara to his own use.
The accused is faced with four counts charges of fraudulent conversion contrary to Section 20(1) (4) (a).
Prosecution witness and complainant, Alie Kamara, who identified himself as a lawyer and a businessman, told the court that he lives in the United Kingdom, but currently resides at Main Motor Road, Allen Town in Freetown.
He recognized the accused, Abdul Rahman Denkeh, whom he identified as his nephew.
He recalled on the aforementioned dates mentioned in the indictment.
He said on several dates in the indictment, the accused sent him audio message on WhatsApp in respect of some vehicles which he imported to Sierra Leone for sale, but he had entrusted the vehicles to one Sulaiman Sesay at Zizer Garage in Freetown.
He said the accused told him that he knew someone who was interested in buying the vehicles.
He disclosed that the accused called at some point to say he wanted to show a potential buyer of the vehicles.
The witness said he authorized the man in charge of the vehicles (Sulaiman) to give the three cars to the accused.
“The vehicles include C 220 Estate valued at Le 60 million Leones, a BMW 320D silver in color, valued at Le 60 million Leones, and a Renault Laguna valued at Le 50 million Leones,” the witness said.
He added that at a later date,he shipped a sprinter bus to the country valued at Le 120 million Leones.
He continued that the accused did receive the four vehicles from Sesay at Zizer Garage.
Before long, Kamara told the court that he contacted the accused to enquire as to the progress of the sale of the vehicles, but to no avail.
The complainant said he could not reach the accused because he had changed his mobile phone number.
“I tried for several months to get to the accused but to no avail. So, I had to travel to Sierra Leone and reported the matter at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and they mounted investigation into the alleged case. Me and my driver were driving around in search of the vehicles, when we saw the vehicle at a garage in Waterloo where it was being sold,” he testified.
Kamara said he called on the police and informed them of the vehicle which he had discovered.
“Upon arrival at CID the accused claimed he bought the vehicle from me. I asked him how he got to buy the vehicle when I did not give him any documentation, but the customer with whom he was arrested revealed that the accused was at his place a night before their arrest, to collect money,” he narrated.
The witness further told the court that the accused later told him that he sold the vehicle because he wanted to travel to France.
“I later recovered the Renault and the Mercedes Sprinter, but refused to reveal where the remaining vehicles are,” Kamara said.
He said he later made statement at the CID Headquarters in Freetown.
Defense counsel, W. C. Loba, told the Magistrate that the kind of justice he and the Court look forward to was what he described as family justice. He requested for an adjournment.
Magistrate Sahr Kekura sent the accused into remand at the Male Correctional Facility on Pademba Road, and adjourned the matter to the 5th July, 2021.