Le152m larceny charge…


Nigerian pleads guilty!

May 22, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Francis Okechukwe Agwuncha, a Nigerian, was yesterday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, pending sentence, after he pleaded guilty to one count of larceny.

The prosecution alleged that on diverse dates between April 2014 and 3 May 2015 in Freetown, the accused stole 250 cartons of cosmetic and assorted items from a shop belonging to the complainant, Remigius Okafor, valued Le152, 131,000.

According to Police Prosecutor Sergeant 922 Dumbuya, the complainant caught the accused on a CCTV camera he had installed after he suspected that goods and cash were disappearing from his shop.

While testifying in court, the complainant said the accused had been caught stealing from the shop previously, but he pardoned him after the latter begged for mercy.

“I don’t know the parents of the accused; I met him here (Freetown) and employed him. I treated him like my son. I increased his salary and took him into my house, sheltered and fed him, but he still went on and stole from me,” said Mr. Okafor.

He also alleged that the accused had manipulated other boys in the shop to steal from him, adding that he could not exactly tell the court the exact amount that was stolen from the shop, although he was certain the goods pilfered were more than what he had roughly calculated.

Magistrate Moody adjourned the matter to 2 June, 2015 pending sentence.