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Police testifies in Le 840 million theft matter

July 6, 2021

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Detective Sergeant 7681 Hassan Kargbo, attached to the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in Freetown, on Monday 5th July, 2021, testified in the ongoing preliminary investigation of an alleged theft that took place at the residence of the Commissioner of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA).

The witness recognized all the accused persons and recalled on the date in question.

He said on that day, he was on duty at the said station when he received a transfer case and enquiry file from Congo Cross Police Station in respect of house breaking and larceny, adding that the matter was allocated to him for further investigations.

The witness added that on the same date, himself, the scene of crime officer, together with the team of CID personnel, visited the scene of crime at 104 Regent Road, Hill Station in Freetown, adding that upon arrival at the scene, the complainant identified to them the house where the said items were stolen.

 He said the scene of crime officer took photos of the scene, and later they invited the security guard that was on duty with the exception of the first accused who was on the run.

He continues that upon arrival at the station, statement was obtained from the security guard and then he later wrote a request to the Cyber Syndicate Unit for the trace of  the first accused through his phone number.

He added that on the 20th February, 2021, the complainant informed him through phone that she has discovered the Safe in one of her rooms inside her house.

The witness further told the court that on the same date himself together with some police personnel revisited the scene and that, on their arrival the complainant showed them where the Safe was kept, adding that he also discovered one damaged black Safe, a kitchen knife and one short iron rod.

He said the scene of crime officer took photos of the said items and treated them as exhibit.

According to the witness, sometimes in March, 2021, the team of cyber unit headed by Inspector Tholley and a team of other police personnel left Freetown for Guinea to trace the first accused.

He said whiles they were in Guinea, inspector Tholley informed him that they had arrested the first accused together with the others, further noting that one week later Inspector Tholley and team returned to Freetown.

He continued that on the 1st May, 2021, he revisited the scene together with the first accused where the first accused made a confessional statement that, he was the one who broke into and entered the complainant’s bedroom and stole the said items, further implicating the 2nd, 3rd and 4th accused persons.

At that  juncture, defense lawyer M.S Kamara representing the accused persons objected to that bit of evidence which the witness said it was the 1st accused that implicated the others.

However, prosecuting counsel Joan M.S Bull argued that there was no such rule, but noted that if there is any let the defense lawyer produce it on the next adjourned date.

In the circumstance, Magistrate Kekura adjourned the matter to Wednesday 7th July 2021, for the defense lawyer to produce the rules he cited and the accused persons were remanded in prison.

The accused persons, Musa Kargbo, Daniel Sesay, Foday Sesay and Bell Daboh were arraigned before Magistrate Sahr Kekura on four counts ranging from conspiracy, house breaking, larceny and malicious damage, all contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons on the 10th February, 2021 at 104 Regent Road, Hill Station in Freetown, conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit House breaking and larceny.

It further alleged that the first accused, Musa Kargbo on counts 2 and 3, broke  into and entered the dwelling house of Sao Kpato Hannah Max Kyne and stole therein, 9,800 USD equivalent to Le180 million, 3 set of gold necklace valued le60 million, one pair set gold bracelet valued 100 million and other property, all to the total cost of Le 840 million.

On count 4, it was alleged that Daniel Sesay, Foday Sesay and Bell Daboh received stolen property from the first accused,Musa Kargbo, which were said to be stolen from the complainant.

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