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The accused, Samuel Mansaray, was charged with embezzlement, contrary to Section (17) sub section (1a) of the Larceny Act of 1916 and the charge sheet further indicated that the money that was allegedly embezzled was raised by the school administration after they organized a series of fundraising sessions and money given to him for safe keeping.

First prosecution witness, Leslie Alvin Williams, who was about to take the witness box for testimony, was prevented from doing so, due to the intervention of the presiding Magistrate, Dr. Abubakar Binneh Kamara who informed the court that he had received a notification from the investigating personnel at the Criminal investigation Department headquarters, that the total sum allegedly embezzled by the accused was now in their possession.

As a result of this shocking development, Lloyd Jusu, who represented the accused applied to the bench for bail on behalf of his client, arguing that the charges brought against him were mere allegations.

He said since the police intervened in the matter, the accused had always cooperated with the investigations and that he voluntary came to court to answer to the above charges brought against him.

When asked by the presiding magistrate whether  the prosecution was opposed to bail being granted to accused, Inspector 922 John Dumbuya, who prosecuted the matter, told the court that the prosecution was totally against the idea of admitting the accused persons on bail, due to the magnitude of the offence and the total sum involved was very huge.

Inspector Dumbuya, however, expressed apprehension that if the accused was granted bail there was the likelihood that he might jump bail or tamper with prosecution witness or witnesses.

Magistrate Dr. Binneh Kamara ruled by admitting that the accused be released on bail in the sum of Le40 million, including two sureties in like sum who should be residential citizens. The bail was to be approved by the Master and Registrar of the court.

He also ordered that the prosecution ensured that the total sum involved, which personnel at the Criminal Investigation Department claimed to be in their possession and safe custody, be brought to court by the exhibit clerk on the next adjourned date, Thursday 10 November, 2016.

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