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Sierra Leone News: Lands Ministry accused vandals sent to prison

On the 6 November 2018, six accused people appeared before Magistrate Santigie Bangura at the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 on Siaka Stevens Street and were sent on remand to the Male Correctional Centre for allegedly destroying property worth Le100 million at the Ministry of Lands Housing and Country Planning. All six accused persons pleaded not guilty. The charges include: Riotous conduct contrary to section 12 of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965, throwing missiles contrary to section 6 of the Public Order Act of 1965, malicious damage contrary to section 51 of the Public Order Act No. 46 of 1965, Larceny contrary to section 2 of the Larceny Act of 1961, and public insult and provocation contrary to section 2 of the Public Order Act of 1965.  According to the police, on the 31 October 2018, the six accused, Ibrahim Yansaneh Bah, Momodu Koroma, Mohamed Fofana, Alfred Kabia, Ibrahim Sesay, and Lamin Sesay at Mortormeh Regent in Freetown behaved in a riotous manner by throwing stones, bottles, and petrol bomb at the building of the Ministry of Lands Housing and Country Planning. In another instance, the six accused persons maliciously damaged an excavation machine valued at Le100 million, a property of the Ministry of Lands Housing and Country Planning. These accused persons also stole two gerry cans believed to be filled with fuel valued at Le400,000. Moreover, the accused persons on the said date made use of certain words against the Director of Lands in the view of the public. Defence council pleaded for bail. They said it will be in the interest of both sides if bail was granted considering the line of action they want to take. One of the lawyers for the defence council said their clients have reliable surtees and are all resident in Freetown. He canvassed his plea on section 79(2) of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965. Police prosecutor, ASP Mansaray objected to bail. He said the addresses of the accused persons were vague, and the money involved is very huge. More importantly the property involved belongs to the state. Magistrate Santigie Bangura, denied all six accused persons bail because their addresses were vague and the quantum of money involved. The matter was adjourned to the 13 November 2018.

SKS/6/11/18

By Sulaiman Karim Sesay (Intern)

Wednesday November 7, 2018.

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