By Sahr Eric George
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a chilling account during a court hearing, Susan Daddy Conteh, a student and trader residing in Sheriff Drive Lumley, Freetown, shared a harrowing experience of being robbed at gunpoint in her apartment. The accused individuals, Alpha Yayah Kamara and Emmanuel Babatunde Decker, facing charges of larceny and robbery with aggravation, were brought to court by the police in December 2023.
According to police records, Kamara and Decker, in collaboration with other unidentified individuals, allegedly conspired to commit a felony and robbery with aggravation on Friday, December 22, 2023.
In her first hand testimony, Conteh recounted the terrifying events of that night. At around 3:00 AM, she was awoken by a sound and observed individuals with guns and cutlasses surrounding her apartment, who subsequently disabled her veranda bulb. Despite her pleas for help, the robbers forcefully entered her apartment, held her at gunpoint, and demanded money.
Conteh, a student, explained that she pleaded with the assailants, emphasizing her lack of funds due to her student status. Despite her pleas, the robbers made away with $500, Le 3,000, her jewellery, and a laptop computer. The robbers then led her to a neighbouring apartment, instructing her to remain silent while they proceeded to break into that residence.
During the intrusion into the neighbouring apartment, the first accused allegedly used a cutlass to assault the complainant while his accomplices looted the premises. When they heard the approaching police vehicle siren, the robbers, including the accused, fled the scene, leaving Conteh and the complainant’s wife traumatized.
After the robbers departed, Conteh stated that the police informed her about the arrest of one of the suspects, who was found with a black mobile phone. Upon verifying that the phone belonged to her, the police returned it to Conteh.
During cross-examination by defence lawyer Abdul Rahman Kargbo, Conteh confirmed that she recognized the robbers that night, despite her fear, as her apartment was upstairs and well-lit by security lights. She identified both accused persons during the questioning.
In response to Kargbo’s bail application for Decker and Kamara, Magistrate Sahr Kekura refused bail, ordering both accused individuals to be remanded in custody at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road in Freetown. The case was adjourned to January 25, 2024. SEG/21/1/2024