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Magistrate scolds police for ‘wrong charges’

AUGUST 29, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara

Inspector General of Police, Francis Alieu Munu
Inspector General of Police, Francis Alieu Munu

Magistrate Mohamed Serray-Wurie of the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.2 on Wednesday scolded a police officer for proffering “wrong charges” against an accused.

Detective Sahid I. Koroma of the Aberdeen police station was reprimanded in respect of a larceny matter involving Mohamed Sesay, Sorie Ibrahim and Mambu Momoh, who were charged respectively on two counts of conspiracy and larceny contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The three men were arraigned for allegedly stealing a 5kva generator from a construction company.

The magistrate noted that the third accused, Mambu Momoh, should not have been charged with the offences, as such “irresponsible charges” result to many cases being discharged, adding that investigative officers should charge matters to court based on evidence, and that no evidence links the third accused to the offences he was charged with.

“You must stop this nonsense, don’t charge because of charge sake. This is a court of law, and we are here in the interest of justice and fairness. There is nothing that links the third accused person to the crime. That is why prosecutors are unable to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt,” a furious Magistrate Serray-Wurie lambasted the detective.

However, Momoh was only granted bail in the sum of Le10 million plus a surety, with the bail to be approved by the deputy Master and Registrar, instead of a discharge.

In another matter in the same court, Magistrate Serray-Wurie remanded Patrick Tucker and Nelson Tucker at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road for allegedly attempting to set ablaze the dwelling house of one Chief Pa Alimamy Sesay, community chief of Gbangba-Yillah, Malamah, Lumley.

The two accused persons were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy and attempted arson contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone, after police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Francis K. Nyuma said the two, on 16 August, 2014, conspired to commit a felony as well as attempted to set ablaze the residence of the local chief.

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