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Sierra Leone News: Le 220 million robbery …a case of mistaken identity -defense says

The defense counsel in the alleged Le220 million robbery case involving Cyril Davies (accused) has argued that it is a case of mistaken identity. Counsel, Cecelia Tucker, from the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board on Thursday 7th February 2019 made this statement when she was urging the presiding Magistrate Santigie Bangura to consider the issue of bail on behalf of the accused. It is alleged that the accused on Wednesday 9 January at Warf Road, Cline Town in Freetown conspired with others to rob Girish Kumar of Le220 million. He is charged with Conspiracy and Robbery with Violence contrary to the Offences against a Person’s Act, 1861. Since the commencement of the matter, two weeks ago, the complainant has not appeared in Court. The prosecutor yesterday informed the Court that the complainant was sick. There was, however, no evidence before the Court to show that the complainant was sick. Tucker said that was unfair on the part of her client. The Magistrate did not grant the accused bail apparently based on the seriousness of the charge. The matter was adjourned for the third time to 13th February 2019.


By Edna Browne-Dauphine

Friday February 9, 2019.


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