By Jeneba A.Conteh
Manager for Tariq Resort in Lungi, Port Loko District, has testified against his employee, Abubakarr Bangura, who stands accused of allegedly stealing two hundred thousand United States Dollars.
The accused was before Magistrate Sahra Kekura on two count charges of conspiracy to commit a crime contrary to law and larceny contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act of 1916.
It was alleged that the accused on Monday, 21st March, 2022, at No.98B Tulup Free Drive, Tariq Resort, Rosint Village, Lungi in the Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, stole the sum of twenty-two thousand United States Dollars, equivalent to the sum of two hundred and sixty- four million Leones, property of Hawanatu Sanu.
Prosecution witness No.1, Michael Asanta Asmua, identified himself as manager of the resort and that he knows the accused person as an employee at Tariq Resort.
He recalled on 21st March, 2022.
He said about 6:30PM, “I went into my bedroom to spray insecticides then I saw a tissue and hammer on the floor. I also noticed that a safe kept in the room was missing. The safe contained twenty-two thousand United States Dollars, thirty million Leones, some Euros and travelling documents, as well.”
He continued that he came out and notified his wife and that they raised some alarm and that some of the employees came over after they learnt about the issue.
He said it was already dark and it was time for the accused to put on the generator, but that he was not around to do such.
“So, I called his phone number but he didn’t pick up, and after a while the accused appeared and when I asked him he replied that he went out to a put on bulb.”
He told the court he and his wife plus the driver decided to go to the police and that on their way they observed the accused was riding motorcycle at Rotifunk.
“I asked the driver to stop and I asked the accused as to where he was heading. He replied that he was heading to Rotifunk to look for the electrician and we proceeded to the police station to make the report. The next morning I overheard my wife and the accused engaged in a serious argument and then I called him and he said to me that for over a month the electrician has been planning to rob him,” he said.
Defense counsel A. B Kamara renewed his bail application, but Magistrate Kekura refused bail and adjourned the matter to the 25th April, 2022.