Led in evidence by the Police Persecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Samuel Koroma, the witness Mohamed Fouad Kanneh disclosed that, he is a Senior Administrative Clerk of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority and recognized the accused person in the dock.
The witness said, he recalled Saturday January 16, 2016 and on the day in question, he reported for duty at the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority at around 7:30 am, but before going to his office at the third floor of the Electricity House, he signed for the keys and suddenly his long time friend by the name of Mohamed called and asked him to share breakfast with him, since they have not seen each other for a very long time.
Mohamed Kanneh further informed the court that, whiles heading for his office, he saw the accused, Moses Lansana walking hurriedly towards him from the third floor and when he enquired from him as to what the problem was, he said the accused responded that, fire had engulfed the store department of the authority.
According to the witness, he attempted to force way through, but was denied access as a result of a thick black that was billowing from the blazing inferno at the third floor of the building.
He explained that, he returned to the downstairs and informed other workers about the incident, after which they contacted the National Fire Force officers who eventually extinguished the blazing inferno.
Concluding, the witness intimated that he was invited to the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters (CID) and statement was obtained from him in respect of the matter before the court.
During cross-examination with the Counsel for the accused, Fio Edwards whether there has been a fire incident at the Electricity House, housing the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority before, the witness responded in the affirmative.
The prosecution witness, Mohamed Kanneh also responded that, the third floor of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority has no knowledge whether the building has undergo any overhauling of it cables and other appliances.
He also confirmed that, the third floor which houses the store department and other offices is accessible to the public and concluded his submissions by applying for bail on behalf of his Client.
The Police Persecutor, ASP Samuel Koroma objected to bail on the grounds that, the accused is charged with very grave criminal offences and that there is likelihood that he might jump bail.
The matter was adjourned to Tuesday February 2016.