By Sulaiman Sesay, Awoko Newspaper
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Ibrahim Barrie and Sao Fefegula find themselves back in prison amid an ongoing preliminary investigation into an alleged diamond theft case. Despite making multiple court appearances, the duo has been consistently denied bail in the matter presided over by Magistrate Marke Ngegba at the Pademba Road Court No. 1 in Freetown.
Facing four counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, larceny, housebreaking, and receiving stolen goods, the accused persons are entangled in a legal battle stemming from an incident in Baoma Oil village, Kendu Leppiama Chiefdom, Kenema district in the Eastern Region, in August 2023.
The police charge sheet alleges that in August 2023, the accused, in collaboration with others, conspired to defraud Alusine Mohamed Conteh of a four-carat fifteen percent (4.15) diamond valued at Le 477,250 new Leones.
Further accusations point to Ibrahim Barrie breaking into the dwelling house of Moses Brima Conteh in Baoma Oil Mill village on Friday, August 25, 2023. It is alleged that he stole a four-carat fifteen percent diamond valued at Le 477,250, an eighty-six percent diamond valued at Le 7,912, and a seventy-three percent diamond valued at Le 5,037. Additionally, the accused are charged with stealing a one-carat fifty-five percent diamond valued at Le 21,390. These diamonds, with a total value of NLE 511,589, were allegedly in the custody of Moses Brima Conteh on behalf of Alusine Mohamed Conteh.
Sao Fefegulah, the second accused, faces charges of receiving the stolen four-carat fifteen percent diamond valued at Le 477,250 from Ibrahim Barrie, knowing it to have been stolen. Furthermore, Fefegulah is accused of fraudulently converting the entrusted diamond to his own use and benefit.
In the recent court session, the prosecution witnesses were absent, prompting a request for an adjournment. The accused persons were not represented by legal counsel. Magistrate Ngegba adjourned the matter to November 30, 2023, for further hearings, while both accused individuals remain in custody. SKS/23/11/2023