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Wife remanded for stealing Le1.42bn from husband

OCTOBER 30, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

A housewife Hajaratu Bangura was yesterday remanded at the female detention centre on Jomo Kenyatta Road in Freetown for allegedly conspiring with her younger sibling – identified only as Amara – to steal the sum of Le1.42 billion from her husband.

With Magistrate Komba Kamanda presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2, the accused was arraigned on two counts of conspiracy and domestic violence contrary to law.

According to the prosecutor, Mrs. Bangura on 17th August, 2014, at No.4 Pipe Line, Juba Hill, in Freetown, conspired with the said Amara to steal the whopping sum from her husband, Adekalie Bangura, as well as abusing him.

In his testimony, Mr. Bangura said he is a businessman and identified the accused as his wife with whom he has children.

He confirmed his wife conspired with Amara to steal the sum of Le1.42 billion from him.

Principal State Prosecutor Monfred Sesay asked the magistrate for an adjournment because Amara was not around to answer to the charges.

But defence counsel J.K. Lansana appealed for bail on the grounds that the magistrate was yet to hear the evidence as the accused was in court on an allegation and is presumably innocent until proven guilty.

This submission was objected to by the prosecutor, who averred that the accused could interfere with the case due to relationship between her and the complainant.

Magistrate Kamanda ruled in favour of the prosecutor and adjourned the matter to 31st October.

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