Freetown, Sierra Leone – The Chief Executive Officer of Suma’s Company, Fatmata Suma, appeared in an open court on Monday, September 18, 2023, to recount how thieves allegedly attacked her company’s vehicle. The accused individuals, namely Mohamed Bangura, Robert Kondeh, and five others, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and larceny after they reportedly stole seven lengths of iron rods. Both accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Suma, testifying before Magistrate Hadiru Daboh at Ross Road Court No. 3 in Freetown, described the events surrounding the alleged incident. She explained that on the day in question, her supervisor contacted her via telephone and informed her that the company’s vehicle, bearing registration number AVY 109 and loaded with seven lengths of iron rod valued at one thousand eight hundred and ninety Leones, had been attacked in Calaba Town.
The witness further stated that she instructed her supervisor to hold on, but by that time, the accused individuals had already absconded with the stolen iron rods.
According to Suma, both accused persons had provided confessionary statements, admitting their involvement in the robbery of the company’s vehicle and the theft of the iron rods. The police also reported the successful recovery of the stolen iron rods.
Despite a bail request from the defence counsel, Magistrate Daboh decided to remand the accused persons in custody. He scheduled the next hearing for September 25, 2023, with Prosecuting Counsel C.I. Francis Macauley overseeing the case. SKS/19/9/2023