Man sent to jail for sacrilege


SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 By Hawa Amara


Idrissa Kamara was last Friday remanded at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road for allegedly stealing two public address speakers valued at five million Leones from a mosque.

The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on two counts of conspiracy to  commit a  sacrilege contrary to law, and  sacrilege contrary to Section 24 of the Larceny Act 1916.

According to the prosecution, the accused on 8 September, 2014 at the Al-Mahmud Mosque, Kingtom Bridge, west of Freetown, conspired with some unknown individuals to steal the speakers.

The speakers and a damaged metal padlock, according to the Exhibit Clerk at the Central Police Station, 9405 Mohamed Fofanah, were seized by Detective Sergeant 3736 Kamara M.U., who also arrested the accused and brought him to the station on 9th September.

Giving testimony in court, Secretary General of the Al-Mahmud Mosque, Mansaray said thieves had on several occasions carted away items belonging to the mosque. He appealed to the magistrate for the court to temporarily return the speakers to the mosque.

Magistrate Kamanda ordered that the speakers be returned to the complainant, but noted that they should be taken to court during the next adjourned date because the factual witness is yet to testify.

The hearing was adjourned to 2 October.