‘No Bail for robbery accused this Xmas’


- Judge Alusine Sesay

December 9, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma 

A judge at the Freetown High Court has vowed he would not grant bail to any accused person who is standing trial before him on a charge of robbery with aggravation because he wants citizens to enjoy their holidays during Christmas.

Justice Alusine Sesay was speaking yesterday when Legal Aid Board lawyer Nicky Spencer-Coker made a bail application on behalf of Amadu Bangura, Abdul Marrah and Osman Mansaray who are standing trial for conspiracy and robbery with aggravation.

“Christmas is already here and peaceful citizens should be allowed to enjoy their holiday peacefully. That is why I have refused granting bail to any accused person that is standing trial before me on charge of robbery with aggravation. I am also aware that people are frequently attacked at night with cutlasses by some boys and it is totally against the laws of this land,” said judge Sesay.

He added that he was also a human rights activist and has respect for human rights, but that the issue of lawlessness is on the rampage in the country and someone has to put a stop to it before it get out of hands.

“Those who are disturbing the peace of peaceful citizens should stay wherever they are now and allow peace to reign; the issue of cliques is now everywhere in the country even in schools, but I am happy that the Legal Aid Board is not only defending in courts but also sensitising people on the effects of crime. I believe that would help reduce crime rates in the country,” he said.

The accused persons – Amadu Bangura, Abdul Marrah and Osman Mansaray – are standing trial in the High Court on a two counts of conspiracy and robbery with aggravation.

The particulars of offence states that on diverse dates between 13 to 15 November, 2013 in Freetown, the accused conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony, to wit robbery with aggravation, contrary to section 23(1) (a) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

The prosecution alleges that the accused persons on 14 November, 2013 in Freetown, while being armed with machetes and iron bars, robbed Clement Yeboah of two LG Plasma television valued Le3.4 million, one Samsung Plasma television valued Le2.8, one DSTV receiver and remote controller valued Le800,000, two  Blackberry and one GI phone valued Le4 million, and assorted items amounting to Le1.5million, to the total value of  Le13,450,000.

The trial continues.