Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – A sensational case of theft has surfaced at Virtues Funeral Home in Freetown, where an estimated 40,000 New Leones have been reportedly stolen. The incident has led to a preliminary investigation, and four individuals, Abubakarr Fofanah, Williams Turay, Edward Renner, and Alimamy Sesay, made their initial appearance in court to answer charges related to the alleged theft.
The accused individuals, facing two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime and larceny, appeared before Magistrate Sahr Kekura at the Pademba Road Court No. 1 in Freetown. After the charges were read and explained to them, the accused persons did not enter a plea.
According to the police, the alleged theft occurred on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at Virtue’s Funeral Home in Kingtom, where the accused persons are accused of conspiring to commit a crime. The police further allege that on the same date and at the same place, the accused individuals broke into the office of Madam Dauphine Davies and stole a significant sum of money along with other valuable items.
During the court proceedings, the witness, Dauphine Renner, testified that she received a phone call from Madam Davis, the owner of the mortuary, informing her about the breakage of the safe at the funeral home. The broken safe reportedly contained over twenty million Leones, including the salary of Alimamy, an employee at the funeral home.
Upon arrival at the funeral home, Renner encountered Alimamy, the fourth accused, who claimed that thieves had broken into the office and taken the money from the safe. Renner immediately summoned the security guard, Victor Mannah, who denied knowledge of the theft but stated that he was informed about the incident by the fourth accused.
Madam Renner, after inspecting the building, discovered that additional items were missing. The police were then called to the scene to investigate, and the fourth accused, Alimamy, was arrested. Subsequently, the other accused persons were also apprehended.
The prosecution requested an adjournment before completing the testimony, and Magistrate Kekura granted the request. The case has been adjourned to January 30, 2024, while the accused persons remain in custody. They were not represented by a lawyer during the court proceedings. SKS/26/1/2024