Malicious damage: Magistrate Kekura to decide couple’s fate

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By Elizabeth J. Kamara

 Magistrate Sahr Kekura of the Ross Road Court No.1, has adjourned the matter involving the Inspector General of Police versus Yeabu Conteh and her husband, Mohamed Kanu,for  ruling.

Magistrate Kekura made the  disclosure after the police prosecutor, Sergeant Mamuntu Monica Turay, told the court that  she had closed her case.

Yeabu Conteh and her husband, Mohamed Kanu are before the court on a case file for conspiracy and malicious damage contrary to Section 52 of the Malicious Damage Act of 1816.

Police records showed that on Wednesday 25th January 2023, at No.10 Harding Street, Rokupa, Wellington in Freetown, the accused persons conspired with unknown persons to commit felony, to wit malicious damage.

On the same date and place, the accused  allegedly maliciously damaged eighteen corrugated iron sheets,  and other valuables worth seven hundred and twenty nine thousand Leones (Le 7, 29000) , belonging to Foday Francis  Bangura.

The case file contained abstract report, photo photographs and a final report written by the police.

Prosecution led six witnesses including the formal witness, the scene of crime officer (SOCO) and Police Exhibit Clerk.

The matter was mentioned for further hearings but due to some reasons, Sergeant Mamuntu Monica Turay intimated the Bench that she inherited the file from Sub-Inspector Isatu Bangura.

Defence Counsel, Randy S. Bangura said he relied on the evidence made by his client to the police.

Magistrate Kekura adjourned the matter to the 23rd November 2023 for Judgement.

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