Magistrate grants stiff bail to 23 accused persons
OCTOBER 29, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara
Magistrate Tonia Barnett of the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.1 yesterday granted a stiff bail to twenty-three accused persons who pleaded not guilty to three counts of riotous conduct, participating in public gathering, and malicious damage, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
Each of the accused persons was granted bail in the sum of Le10 million and two sureties in like sum. Each surety should deposit into the sub-treasury account the sum of Le1 million, while the bail should be approved by the Master and Registrar of the High Court.
The rigid bail condition came after police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Samuel Kamara, objected to bail on the grounds that the accused persons would jump bail and interfere with prosecution witnesses because the ring-leaders were still at large.
“My Lady, giving bail at this stage will cripple the prosecution. The issue of youth violence has become the order of the day and certain individuals have been named in the report that are still at large. We need to get them,” the prosecutor told the magistrate.
According to the prosecutor, the accused persons on 13 October at Goderich, west of Freetown, were found throwing missiles at the police and also damaged a police patrol vehicle when the police attempted to arrest them for illegal gathering.
Ibrahim Kamara, Alimamy Turay, Ibrahim Mansaray, Emmanuel Kamanda, Santigie Bendu, Issa Tarawallie, Aruna Koroma, Daniel Barnett and 15 others were in the dock for alleged riotous conduct contrary to Section 12(a) of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965, as well as participating in public meeting and gathering contrary to Regulation 15(1) of the Public Regulations of 2014, and malicious damage contrary to Section 51 of the Malicious Damage Act of 1861.
Meanwhile, all the accused persons were sent at the male correctional centre at Pademba Road as none of them was able to meet the bail condition as we went to press.
In a related development, Magistrate Mohamed Serray-Wurie of the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.2 also sentenced disabled Emmanuel Senesie to 12 months imprisonment after he was convicted of disorderly behaviour and obstructing the police from performing their duty.