February 20, 2015 By Hawa Amara
A robbery matter involving former Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Soccoh Kabia as complainant was yesterday committed to the High Court by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1.
The matter had been subject of a preliminary investigation since last year after two accused persons were arraigned for robbing property worth Le22,580,000 at the residence of the former minister.
The accused – Alieu Jalloh and Mohamed Kamara – were investigated on six counts of conspiracy to rob, robbery with aggravation contrary to Section 23(1)(a) of the Larceny Act 1916 as repealed and replaced by Section 2 of Act No.16 of 1971, causing grievous bodily harm, wounding, assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to Section 47 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861, and receiving goods contrary to law.
According to the prosecutor Sergeant 922 John Dumbuya, the accused persons while being armed with a gun and iron bars robbed Dr. Soccoh Kabia of one HP laptop computer valued Le15,750,000, an Apple iPad worth Le3,910,000, and assorted items, all at a total value of Le22,580,000, on July 31, 2014 at his No.4 Regent Road, Hill Station residence.
“The evidence before the court is sufficient. I therefore commit the accused to the High Court for further trial,” Magistrate Kamanda ruled.
Both accused persons subsequently pleaded not guilty of the offences they were charged with, and indicated they would call witnesses and lead evidence at the High court.
Defence counsel A.M. Kamara applied for bail but Magistrate Kamanda denied to grant the 1st accused (Alieu Jalloh) bail, although he granted the 2nd accused bail of Le200m plus two sureties in like sum, with one of the sureties being a property owner in the Western Area, while the bail should be approved by the Acting Master and Registrar.