Emmanuel Babatunde Decker, Lamin Kamara, and others were sent to the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown to await trials in Magistrate Court on allegations of robbery with aggravation. The accused were arraigned before Magistrate Sahr Kekura at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 4 on Pademba Road in Freetown, on Tuesday 26th November 2019. Police alleged on 31st October 2019, the accused were armed with machetes, broke into Reuben Silvanus Shyllon’s house, a retired police officer, in Hamilton, and made away with property worth over Le57 million. According to the witness and victim, Reuben Silvanus Shyllon, he recalled hearing a banging on his front door around 2:00 a.m. 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. Shyllon further explained that he immediately rushed to the parlor, where he met the accused. Shilon revealed the accused were carrying machetes and ordered him to remain quiet or he would be killed. He said he recognized the thieves. He added that while he was under threat, some of the alleged robbers were looting 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.
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Before long, some neighbors and a team of patrolling officers showed up. They chased the alleged robbers, and were able to apprehend the first accused who later confessed to the police that he was sent by someone named, “Capay”. The second accused, and the others were later apprehended by the police, and were later charged to court. Shilon said the alleged robbers stole Le18 million, Ipad valued at Le15 million, CCTV screen valued at Le5 million, a Samsung tablet valued at Le3 million, 4G Wi-Fi valued at Le800,000, four assorted wristwatches valued at Le2 million, Samsung valued at Le1,700, one travel bag valued at Le2 million, and a lot of other items amounting to about Le70 million. The first accused, who was not represented in court argued that Shyllon 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 2nd December 2019.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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