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Rokel, Collegiate pupils slammed with Le100m bail for ‘stealing X2 mobile phone’

September 2, 2015 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

Justice Miatta Samba presiding at the Freetown High Court has slammed a Le50 million bail each to Unisa Swaray – an SSS3 pupil of the Government Rokel Secondary School, and Harold Zizer – a JSS3 pupil of the Collegiate Secondary School. The duo was arraigned for allegedly stealing an X2 mobile phone from one Augustine Dumbuya.

The pair had been in incarceration since the preliminary investigation at the Magistrate Court was concluded in November 2014 and were adjudged to have a case to answer.

Police officers at the New England police station charged the teenagers with two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and robbery, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

Led in evidence by State Counsel A.G. Maxwell Bockarie, the complainant told the court that on 19 October last year he had left home to buy foodstuff at Bass Street, Brookfields and was on her way home when she heard shouts of ‘thief’.

He said the duo approached him and ordered that he hands them his phone, but he refused. The witness said the first accused had a bottle which he broke and stabbed him on the neck and right arm, before they took the phone and ran away. He said he made a statement to the police and was issued a medical report form.

Earlier, investigating officer Detective Police Constable 1683 Abdulai Mustapha Nyallay recalled that an alleged robbery was reported by the complainant on 19 October, 2014 and he was put in charge of the investigation.

He said he and Detective Sergeant 11606 Jusu A.F. obtained a voluntary caution statement from the accused and charged them with the aforementioned offences.

While being cross-examined by defence counsel F.B. Conteh, the detective said he made effort to arrest the accused persons still at large but to no avail. He admitted that the fracas had emanated from a birthday party which the complainant attended, and that the first accused was friends with the complainant.

Thus, counsel urged the court to take note of the discrepancy in the evidence of the complainant and that of the investigating officer, as the former had denied during cross-examination that he neither knew the accused persons nor attended any birthday party.

The matter will come up again on 7 October.

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