Supermarket ‘thieves’ remanded


September 2, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Justice Miatta Samba, presiding at the Freetown High Court, yesterday remanded Kennie Jabatie, Alusine Samai and Jeadanu Mannah at the male correctional centre on Pademba Road after the trio were arraigned for allegedly breaking into St Mary’s Supermarket and stealing the sum Le30 million.

The accused persons were charged with two counts of larceny and store breaking, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

State Prosecutor Ahmed G.M. Bockarie alleged that the accused, on dates between 1 November 2013 and 26 January 2014 in Freetown, broke into the store at St Mary’s Supermarket and stole the aforementioned amount of money.

Testifying, Detective Police Constable 11676 Augustine Ibrahim Kamara of the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters said one Mr. Tony Shallop reported a case of store breaking on 26 August, with the matter assigned to him for investigation.

The witness said he and one Inspector Bockarie accompanied the complainant to the scene where he discovered a hole which the accused could have used to gain entrance into the store.

He said the complainant subsequently played a video which appeared to show someone emerging from the roof and entering the supermarket via the office of the former. He said the complainant availed to them a hard copy of the video and a printout of the pictures.

He said they went back to the supermarket three days later to identify the individuals in the picture, adding that one person was identified but he denied being the one. He said the suspect said the person in the photo was his brother and that he took the detectives to Old Road, Kissy, east of Freetown and indentified the first accused, who was subsequently arrested.

He said the first accused then led them to the second accused, who was also arrested, and both were taken to the Criminal Investigation Department.

The matter was adjourned to 18 September.