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Mother remanded for assisting son to escape

August 3, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura

Fifty six years old Josephine King Mansaray  on Monday  (31st July, 2017) made her first appearance before Magistrate Albert Moody and was remanded at the Female Correctional Centre for assisting her son to escape punishment.

The accused, Josephine King Mansaray was arraigned on three counts conspiracy, perverting the cause of justice and accessories after the fact contrary to law.

The particulars of offence alleged that the accused person on an unknown date between 7th June, 2017 and 28th July, 2017, conspired with other persons unknown to defraud Antony Samu.

It further alleged that on Monday 5th October, 2015 and Friday 28th July, 2017, the accused person conspired with Edward Santigie Mansaray to prevent the cause of justice, and also on a date between 7th June, 2017 and 28th July, 2017, assisted Edward Santigie Mansaray in order to enable him  escape from punishment.

Complainant, Antony Samu testified that he was the owner of Biam Investment to which Edward Santigie Mansaray was an employee and recognized the accused as the mother of Edward Santigie Mansaray.

Samu explained that as part of the criteria to enroll staff at his business entity, employee should present someone to serve as a guarantor, adding that was how he came to know the accused person.

He continued that on the date of the incident, he gave Edward Santigie Mansaray the sum of sixty seven million, three hundred thousand Leones to take to Makeni as part of his duty.

It was at that juncture that the police prosecutor, Assistance Superintendent of Police, Samuel Kamara, asked for an adjournment.

The police prosecutor was assisted by Lawyer E. T Koroma, Lawyer A. K Kanu and the accused was represented by Lawyer A K Koroma.

Lawyer A .K .Koroma applied for the accused person to be granted bail, stating that he was a Sierra Leonean residing in the Western area and has competent people to stand as surety, if granted bail.

Lawyer E. T. Koroma objected to the application, stating that the Bench should consider the offence before the court.

 He stated that it was clear that the accused person was standing trail for the offence of conspiracy among others, adding that there was possibility for the accused person would interfere with the investigation.

According to him, the accused person should not be granted bail because he was a flight risk.

However, the accused was denied bail and sent to Female Correctional Centre.

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