25 bike riders sent to Pademba prisons
OCTOBER 8, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara
Magistrate Tonia Barnett of the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.1 yesterday sent Amadu Wurie, Stevens Musa, Bockarie Boima, Santigie Kargbo, Lansana Kamara and twenty others on remand at the central maximum security prison on Pademba Road for an alleged assault on police officers, and malicious damage, among other offences.
The magistrate made the order despite lead defence counsel R.H. Jusu’s renewing his bail application on behalf of all the accused persons.
Initially, twenty-six riders were charged to court but the 15th accused (Abubakarr Bah) pleaded guilty to the offences, which reduced the number to twenty-five.
His lawyer, Daniel Fofanah, told the Bench that his client wanted to change his plea to guilty in respect of the charges, adding that the initial plea of his client was a mistake.
Magistrate Barnett sentenced him to 24 months imprisonment or an alternate fine of Le1 million on count one, while on counts two and three he was ordered to pay Le450,000 or serve a 14-month jail term. “All fines must be immediately paid into the sub-treasury account,” said Magistrate Barnett.
It could be recalled that the 26 men were before the court on five counts of assault on police contrary to Section 39 of the Police Act No.7 of 1964, malicious damage, riotous conduct, disorderly behaviour and throwing missiles, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Sheku Kamara, alleged that on 29th September, at Dwazark roundabout, the accused persons assaulted Inspector Tholley M.K. and Inspector Brima S.K. whilst the officers were performing their lawful police duties.
He also claimed that on the same date the men damaged the back screen of a Sierra Leone police vehicle and other properties, all to the total value of Le650,000.
The matter continues today.