It is further alleged that both accused persons conspired with unknown individuals to rob Habib Sesay of his Samsung mobile phone, valued at five hundred thousand Leones and physical cash of two hundred thousand Leones, all to the total value of seven hundred thousand Leones.
Both accused persons, Musa Saccoh and and John Mansaray allegedly committed the offences on Friday 27 April 2018 at Kingston Town, Hastings in Freetown.
The charge sheet confirmed that the accused persons were arrested by police officers attached to the Hastings Police Division with the help of the complainant, Habib Sesay and one Hassan Janneh of Hastings in the outskirts of the Freetown capital.
Led in evidence by Police Inspector Prince Daramy, the second prosecution witness, Detective Police Constable Alimamy Bangura informed the court that he is attached to the Anti-Robbery Unit, Freetown East, Harbor Police Division in the east of Freetown.
He said he recognized both accused persons and recalled the incident of 27 April 2018. He said on the above-mentioned date, he was on duty at the Anti-Robbery Unit, Freetown East, Ross Road Police Division, when a transfer case and enquiry file from Hastings Police Division was assigned to Sgt. E.T.M Bindi for further investigation.
Detective Police Constable explained that at the conclusion of investigation, he was also present when Sgt. E.T.M Bindi charged both accused persons for the above-stated offences.
He tendered in evidence the complainant’s statement and endorsed police medical request form, including the accused persons’ voluntary caution statements.
Lead Counsel for the accused persons, M. Sesay canvassed the presiding magistrate to admit both accused persons to bail, on the grounds that both accused persons are Sierra Leoneans and have credible and reliable sureties who were ready and willing to enter into recognizance on their behalf.
He further said that the accused persons, Musa Saccoh and John Mansaray will not jump bail, and they will also be present in court at every adjourned date.
In his wisdom, Magistrate Mohamed Serray Wurie refused both accused persons bail, and ordered that they be kept at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road in Freetown. The matter comes up again.