January 9, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Presiding magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, Komba Kamanda, yesterday granted a Le40 million bail to one John Demby who was alleged to have broken into the Procurement Office at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) and stole a three-in-one HP Laser jet printer valued at Le3.6 million, one Sisco 18-41 router valued Le450,000, two computer speakers valued Le350,000, plus cash, all totaling Le8,450,000.
The accused was charged with the offence of office breaking and larceny, contrary to section 26(1) of the Larceny Act 1916.
Police prosecutor 5984 Sergeant Fofanah I.G. alleged that on 8 December, 2014, the accused gained access into the Procurement Office at IPAM on A.J. Momoh Street, central Freetown, and stole the aforementioned property and cash.
While testifying, Administration and Human Resource Manager at IPAM, John Gabriel Dauda, told the court the accused was a cleaner at IPAM and recalled events of 8 December, 2014.
He said he reported for work at around 8:00am on the said date and was informed about a break-in at the Procurement Office, and that he and other colleagues entered the office and discovered that some office equipment were missing.
He said the matter was reported to the police and that a team of detectives visited the scene and took photos; and invited the accused and security personnel for questioning. He added that he too was subsequently called to make a statement to the police.
The matter will again be mentioned on 27 January.