January 23, 2015 By Hawa Amara
Three persons – Alhaji Foday Fofanah, Alfred Harding and Abass Suliaman Sesay – were yesterday remanded at the male correctional centre on Pademba Road after they were allegedly found in possession of a fire arm – MAKAROV pistol – with Serial No.B 04474 without license.
The trio were arraigned on three counts of conspiracy contrary to law, and being in possession of small arms and ammunition contrary to section 11(1) of the Arms and Ammunition Act of 2012.
According to the prosecution, the accused persons were apprehended on 5 January 2015 at a check point in Waterloo that screens for Ebola suspects after they were found in possession of an unlicensed MAKAROV pistol with Serial No.B 04474.
The new guns law passed in 2012 authorises individuals to possess and carry small arms and ammunition, provided they obtain a license from the Small Arms Commission.
If convicted, the trio could each be fined not less than Le5 million or imprisoned for not less than 12 months.
Defence counsel M.P. Sesay applied for bail on behalf of the accused persons, submitting that the men were not a flight risk, but Magistrate Komba Kamanda rejected his application, upholding the counter-submission by police prosecution Sergeant 922 Dumbuya J. that the accused persons pose a flight risk and could interfere with prosecution witnesses.
The matter was adjourned to 2nd February.