Palo’s Wife Charged on Husband’s Prison Escape

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By Mohamed Kai

The Wife of Rtd Major Alfred Palo Conteh, Isata Saccoh has been remanded at the Female Correctional Centre on the orders of Magistrate Hannah Bonnie presiding over the Pademba Road Court No.1 in Freetown.

She was arraigned on three count indictments, ranging from Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Possession of Arms and Ammunition to Unlawful Possession of light Weapon, contrary to certain core sections of the laws of Sierra Leone.

On Count One, the accused person is alleged to have conspired with other persons unknown to facilitate the escape of her husband, Rtd Major Alfred Palo Conteh from the Pademba Road Detention Centre in Freetown.

Police also alleged that the accused person was found in possession of arms and ammunition including some live round cartridges, when the police executed a search warrant at her residence at 11 Bellewa Drive, Wilberforce.

The Charge Sheet indicated that the accused person committed the said offences on diverse dates, between 20th March, 2020 to 29th April, 2020 within the Freetown Judicial District, in the Republic of Sierra Leone.

After the charges had been put to the accused person, the first Prosecution Witness Detective Inspector Nathaniel Desmond Williams, started by testifying that he recalled the incident of 11th May, 2020.

He informed the court that he is attached to the Crime Writers’ Office at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarter in Freetown.

Detective Inspector Nathaniel Desmond Williams further testified that on the date  in question, he was on duty at the Crime Writer’s Office, when Detective Inspector Alex Alimamy Kamara handed over to him one black pouch containing instruction manual and accessories, two boxes of live rounds ammunition, one orange lock and one sealed packet accessories.

According to him, he took possession of the said items and later registered it in the court registry book, which he produced and tendered it in evidence.

At this stage of proceedings, the lead Counsel for the accused person, Wara Serry Kamal raised a preliminary objection that her client, Isata Saccoh was arrested on 19th May 2020, contrary to a particular date the police claimed her Client was arrested.

She further argued that she was present when the police executed a search warrant at the residence of her accused person at 11 Bellewa Drive, Wilberforce in Freetown, stating that the police fabricated the date which they claimed the accused person committed the said offences.


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