April 23, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara
Magistrate Santigie Bangura, presiding at the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Courts No.5, yesterday sentenced one Ansumana Bangura to six months imprisonment with no alternative of fine, after he was convicted for public insult and provocation on President Ernest Bai Koroma.
Bangura was arraigned on two counts of threatening language and public insult, and provocation contrary to Sierra Leone’s Public Order Act of 1965.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Foday Tarawally, had alleged that on 13 April, 2015 at a supermarket along Wilkinson Road, west of Freetown, the convict insulted President Koroma in public and in the presence of one Inspector Gibrilla Kamara.
Before judgment was handed down, the unrepresented accused pleaded to the Bench for mercy, adding that his words were not directed at the president.
However, Magistrate Bangura remarked that, “The conduct of the convict is unacceptable and one that shows that the accused lacks respect for law and order and by extension for elders”.
He added: “The accused behaved in a disorderly manner when he was arrested by the police and further attempted to resist police arrest.”
The convict was taken to the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre in Freetown where he will serve his sentence.