March 1, 2021
By Elizabeth A. Kaine
One Susan Baimbay, who served as prosecution witness on Friday, 26th February, 2021, testified in a theft matter involving one Imran Wahid Kamara,who allegedly stole over Le16.500m at Facebook Restaurant and Night Club in Freetown.
The accused is before Magistrate Sahr Kekura of the Pademba Road Court No.4, on one count of Larceny contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act 1916.
According to Inspector Marie Sesay ,the accused on Friday, 4th December, 2020 ,at Facebook Restaurant and Night Club, No. 21 Charlotte Street in Freetown, did steal one gold necklace valued two million Leones (Le2.000.000),one Samsung Galaxy S7 mobile valued ten million Leones (Le10.000.000),one fahrenherd perfume valued one hundred United States ($100) and a sum of three hundred and fifty United States Dollars ($350) equivalent to three million five hundred thousand Leones (Le3.500.00), all to the total value of sixteen million five hundred thousand Leones (16.500,000),property of Martha Josephine Kargbo.
In her testimony, the witness recognized the accused person as one of their staff at the Facebook Restaurant and Night Club.
She said one day while they were on duty, the complainant suggested to her that she wanted to employ the accused as a floor keeper as he was always around the restaurant without doing anything.
She said the complainant noted that the accused will first be placed on casual basis to determine whether he was trustworthy before being fully employed.
She narrated that on Friday, 4th December, 2020, while on duty with the complainant and husband present, one of her husband’s staff brought her some food because that was her birthday.
She testified that upon her arrival the complainant and her husband went together with the visitor and settled at the VIP section, leaving her bag and phone on plug.
“After some minutes, someone called the complainant’s mobile phone, but I answered the call since I knew who was calling. The caller requested for food and I went to the kitchen to prepare it. Few minutes later, the accused called me and told me that he wanted to buy 5,000 food to eat but I told him that we don’t have 5,000 Leones food. He then said that he wanted 7,000 but I still told him that we don’t have,” she said.
She further narrated that the accused then informed her that he was going to get some food along PZ axis, adding that after she finished preparing the food she came out of the kitchen only to find out that the accused was nowhere to be found, with the complainant’s phone missing together with some items inside her bag.
She told the court that they waited on the accused to return but to no avail, until when one of their staff members saw him and took him to the restaurant.
She concluded that when the accused arrived, he denied knowledge about the phone and the other items, adding that he was arrested and taken to the police.
Magistrate Kekura adjourned the matter to Tuesday 9th March 2021 for further hearing.