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Man remanded for obstructing Presidential Convoy

June 15, 2021

By Yusufu S. Bangura

One Thomas Patrick Kangoma, an employee of the Freetown City Council (FCC), was on Monday, 14th June, 2021, remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown after he made his second appearance before Magistrate Sahr Kekura presiding at the Pademba Road Court No. 1 on allegations of  obstructing the Presidential  convoy.

Police prosecutor, ASP Ibrahim S. Mansaray, alleges that the accused on Tuesday, 27th April, 2021, at Savage Street, Off Berwick Street in Freetown, maliciously wounded Adikalie Turay, police officer attached to the presidential convoy.

He also alleges that the accused was found in possession of cannabis sativa.

Consequently, the accused faced three counts charge of causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of unlawful possession of prohibited drug, all contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

In his testimony, Detective Inspector Mohamed Kargbo attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters in Freetown, said he recognized the accused person as well as the complainant, Adikalie Turay.

He recalled on Tuesday, 27th April,2021, while he was on duty at the CID Headquarters in Freetown at around 1500 hours,the Local Unit Commander of the Central Police Division, Superintendent Abu Bakarr Kallon, arrested and brought in the accused person, together with one Mohamed Sellu Bah on allegation of obstructing the Presidential Convoy along Savage Street in Freetown.

The witness said upon receiving the said information, a team of detectives headed by one Detective Superintendent Ballah Joseph Bayoh, boarded a vehicle with registration number AAU 090 and left the station for the scene of crime at Savage Street in Freetown.

“Upon reaching the scene of crime, we met a black Mercedes car with registration number ABS 859 which was owned and controlled by the accused.  When the vehicle was searched, a quantity of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa was discovered,” he testified.

He added that the dried leaves were then collected and treated as exhibit, while the vehicle was taken to the Kingtom Police Barracks for safe custody.

“When we returned to the CID Headquarters, a police medical request form was prepared for the injured rider, Adikalie Turay, who was already at the Emergency Hospital. The medical request form was then taken to the Emergency Hospital on behalf of Adekali Turay (complainant),” he explained.

Detective Kargbo said he and one Detective Assistant Superintendent of Police, Obi Kamara obtained voluntary caution statement from the accused.

He said on the 6th May, 2021, Inspector Kargbo and ASP Kamara obtained additional voluntary caution statement from the accused, which he also tendered in court.

The witness testified that on the 27th May, 2021, the case and inquiry file was them duplicated and sent to the law officers department for advice and on the 27th May, 2021, the advice was sent to them, adding that on the same date himself, together with Detective Inspector Amara Mathew charged the accused with three counts of causing grievous bodily harm, unlawful possession of prohibited drug contrary to Section, unlawful possession of cannabis sativa, all contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

After the testimony of the witness, Lawyer C. Campbell, applied for bail on behalf of his client. Lawyer Campbell submitted that the court is not an extension of the police and stated that the accused had been in custody for 40 days.

He added that the accused was cautioned and charged one month later. “No jurisdiction would want to see somebody suffer injustice,” he submitted.

He urged Magistrate Kekura to grant bail to his client and assured the Magistrate that, if granted bail, the accused will always avail himself before the Court, for according to lawyer Campbell, bail will not prejudice the trial.

Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ibrahim Sheik Mansaray did not object to bail.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Kekura said he needed to get concrete information from the victim before he could grant bail.

 He therefore denied bail to the accused and adjourned the matter to Thursday 17th June 2021.

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