July 17, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura & Yusufu S. Bangura
Inspector S. Conteh last Friday (14th July, 2017) tendered before Magistrate Albert Moody, presiding at Freetown Court No.2, three cartoons containing one hundred and sixty -eight pairs of slippers, and three padlocks as exhibit in the ongoing store breaking matter involving one Abubakarr Sowe.
Sowe was arraigned on one count of store breaking and larceny contrary to Section 26 (1) of the Larceny Act, 1916.
Inspector Conteh alleges that the accused on 22nd June 2017 at No. 18 Fourah Bay Road, broke into and entered the store of G.S shop, with intent to steal and stole therein three cartoons containing one hundred and sixty -eight pairs of slippers, valued two million, six hundred and sixty five thousand Leones, whilst in the custody of Baoen Guo, property of G.S Shop.
Also in court was the second Prosecution Witness (PW2), Mohamed Bah, who recognised the complainant (Baoen Guo) as his tenant and the accused (Abubakar Sowe) as an employee for the complainant (Baoen Guo).
He told the court that he was at his house that housed the complainant’s store around 8:00pm, when he received a phone call from an individual that urged him to go to the complainant’s store.
Jalloh stated that when he went to the store, he saw three cartoons outside the store and that one Dauda told him that the accused was in the store, adding that he called the accused person to ascertain whether it was true.
He continued that he answered in the store and later came out and told them that he was fending his survival.
PW2 said he called one of his brothers as witness and later called Baoen Guo and police officers at Eastern Police station where he later made statement.
The accused was represented by Lawyer J. M. Jengo and A. K. Kanu.
The matter would come up again on 24th July, 2017 for further trial.