Emmanuel Babatunde Decker, Lamin Kamara, and others were sent on remand at the Male Correctional Center on Pademba Road in Freetown, on allegation of robbery with aggravation contrary to law. The accused persons were arraigned before Magistrate Sahr Kekura at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 4 on Pademba Road in Freetown, on Tuesday 26th November 2019, and were charged with robbery with aggravation contrary to law. Police alleged that on the 31st October 2019, the aforementioned accused persons were armed with machetes, break and entered the dwelling house of Reuben Silvanus Shilon, a retired police officer, at Hamilton Village in Freetown, and made away with property worth over Le 57 million. According to the witness and victim, Reuben Silvanus Shilon, he recalled on the 31st December 2019, he was at his resident at around 2am, when he heard a bang on his front door. A few seconds later, he heard his children talking, but thought they were praying. A few minutes later, he saw one of the accused peeping at his door. Shilon further explained that he immediately rushed to the sitting parlor, where he met the accused persons. Shilon revealed that the accused persons who were carrying machetes, ordered him to remain quiet or he will be killed. “It was during this period that was able to recognize the first and second accused persons.” Shilon said. He added that while he was under threat, some of the alleged robbers who break and entered his house were looting some of his property, during which, the first and second accused persons also made an attempt to join them in looting, and it was during that process that he was able to escape and shout for help. Before long, some neighbors and a team of patrolling officers showed up. They both chase the alleged robbers, and were able to apprehend the first accused who later confessed to the police that he was sent by one “Capay”. The second accused, and the others were later apprehended by the police, and were later charged to court.
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Shilon also revealed that the alleged robbers made away with the sum of Le 18 million, I pad valued at Le 15 million, CCTV screen, valued at Le 5 million, one Samsung tablet valued at Le 3 million, 4G Wi-Fi valued at Le 800, 000, four assorted wrist watch valued at Le 2 million, A 10 Samsung valued at Le 1,700, one travel bag valued at Le 2 million, and a lot of other items amounting to about Le 70 million. The first accused who was not represented in court argued that Shilon did not see him at his premises as he claimed. Magistrate Sahr Kekura responded that according to his records, the complainant and victim did not say. The victim did say, all accused persons were arrested outside the said premises by a team of patrolling police officers. More witnesses are expected to testify. Meanwhile, Magistrate Sahr Kekura adjourned the matter to the 2nd December 2019.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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