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Petty traders granted Le50m bail for using electricity illegal

August 5, 2021

Adama Conteh and Adama Kamara, petty traders, were on Wednesday, 4th August, 2021, granted 50 million Leones bail each by Magistrate Mark Ngegba at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 after they made their 6th appearance before him on an on-going preliminary investigation into allegation of using illegal electricity supply.

Magistrate Ngegba was ready to proceed with the matter when ASP Bah stood up to say her witness was absent. She requested for an adjournment to enable her bring her witnesses to court.

In that circumstance, defense counsel, Ibrahim S.
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Y Kamara, requested for bail for his clients. He pegged his bail plea on Section 79(2) of the Criminal Procedure Act No. 32 of 1965.

He added that his clients are Sierra Leonean ordinary residents in the country and that they have credible sureties who were willing to enter into their recognizance.

After the defense counsel applied for bail, Magistrate Ngegba granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of 50 million Leones each bail, one surety each and that each surety must produce an employment letter and identity cards.

He further ordered that the bail bond must be approved by the Deputy Assistant Registrar.

The accused persons were before Magistrate Ngegba on one count of dishonestly abstracting electricity supply contrary to Section 68 of the National Electricity Act No. 16 of 2011.

Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of police (ASP) Hawa Bah alleged that the accused persons, on Friday 24th July 2021, at 67 Jalloh Terrace, Kissy, Freetown, fraudulently caused electricity supply from EDSA to be directed to their various houses in Freetown.

The matter was adjourned to the 10th August 2021.

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