Lawyer I. Bangura, representing the accused, Moses Conteh, who faces two charges of larceny, said he intends to make a no case submission for his client on the next hearing date. He made this statement on Friday 31st January 2020, before Magistrate Marke Ngegba of Court no. 2 on Pademba Road in Freetown, when the accused made his seventh court appearance. Meanwhile, Prosecutor ASP H. Bah led two police witnesses and subsequently closed his case leaving the defense to disprove the allegations. Detective police, Emmanuel Joannes, from the Lumley Police Station and Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO) said he went to the scene of the crime along Peninsular Road, Goderich, in Freetown. He said he took photos of the shop that was broken into. He said the accused was not present at the scene. At this juncture, ASP Bah applied for the photos taken by the SOCO to be admitted as evidence. She then produced and tendered them in court. In cross-examination, I. Bangura clarified the day the Police went to the scene of the crime as 17 July 2019. The witness concurred with counsel that he knew only what he saw when he visited the scene of crime. He also said he took the photos with a digital camera. Detective Police Constable Alusine Turay Jr., another SOCO at the CID in the Lumley Police Station said he went to the scene of the crime with the complainant, the investigator and the accused to the shop on Wilkinson Road. He said when they got there, he saw the doors were unlocked. He said the store was damaged as well as the locks on the door. He said he took photos with his camera and developed them into pictures. The prosecutor produced and tendered them in Court as evidence.
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In cross-examination, he told the court that the keys to the house of the complainant and some property, which she complained to have been stolen were found in the store of the accused house on Wilkinson Road. He however, said he cannot confirm whether the goods found in the store of the accused were those of the complainant. Meanwhile, the accused who was arrested on 17th July 2019, is a 27-year old, unemployed youth. The police allege on Sunday 30th June 2019 along Lower Kandeh Drive, Off Wilkinson Road, Freetown, the accused entered in the house of Mariatu Bangura and stole things worth Le22 million, contrary to Section 13 (a) of the Larceny Act 1916. Also, on diverse dates between July 2018 and April 2019 at Peninsular Road, Goderich, Freetown did steal from the complainant Mariatu Bangura valuable items valued at Le10,225,500. The case was adjourned to 14th February 2020.
By David Thoronka
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