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Randa Skeiky back in court

August 11, 2020

By Ibrahim Kabba Turay

A Lebanese National, Randa Skeiky, has been brought back to court after Justice Ivan Sesay discharged him on defective indictment at the High Court on Thursday, 30th July, 2020.

The accused allegedly stole $500,000USD from his former employer, Ali Abess-a transport business tycoon.

Justice Ivan stroke out the indictment because the counsel who signed it was no longer in the matter.

According to the indictment, the accused between 25th August and 7th September, 2018, at Bintumani Drive, Aberdeen in Freetown, stole $500,000 from the complainant-Ali Abess

She was charged with two counts of larceny in dwelling house and larceny by servant, contrary to Law.

Earlier in court, Lawyer Pa Momoh Fofanah for the accused person, made an application that the indictment should not be put to the accused because it lacks merit.

But Justice Stevens noted that they should first put the charges to the accused before the lawyer could make any application.

The charges were put to the accused and she pleaded not guilty to the two counts charge.

Lawyer Pa Momoh Fofanah Whilst making his application, told the court that he was objecting to the indictment filed by the complainant, citing Section 136 Subsection (1) of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965

He said the committal warrant and the indictment which the complainant filed in against his client have been stroke out at the High Court.

 He said the warrant and indictment were part of new files and that they do not have the merit to seat in court because they have already been discharged against his client.

He told the court that there was already a substantive application filed in respect of the matter dated 14th July, 2020, challenging the court’s jurisdiction on the grounds of the accused defective indictment

“The current indictment has no committal proceeding that will warrant the prosecutor to stand on, because they have already ruled on the indictment. There is no need for the matter to proceed against my client,” he submitted

Responding to the application by the defense, State Counsel, Jane B. Kamara, canvassed the judge for an adjournment of the mater so that he could have a proper look at the submission of the defense’s application  

Meanwhile, Lawyer Pa Momoh Fofanah applied for bail on behalf the accused person, but the State Counsel objected to the application.

However, Justice Stevens granted the bail application in the sum of five billion Leones, plus two sureties who must have houses in the Western Area that value one billion Leone

The matter has been adjourned to 14th August, 2020, for a ruling on the earlier application on indictment.

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