By Saffa B. Moriba, Kenema District
Kenema, SIERRA LEONE – Five individuals, namely Mohamed Kamara, Mustapha Dakowa, Bobor Tommy, Ibrahim John Smart (alias “some guy”), and Kiskama Brima Lemon, are currently on trial for the unlawful possession of EDSA Copper Aluminium cable.
The accused individuals have been brought before the court to face two charges: conspiracy and larceny. During the court proceedings, they pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Gershon Lamin Macarthy of Court No. 2.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Daniel Konneh, who serves as the prosecutor, explained that on September 20, 2023, in Hangha town, Nongowa chiefdom, within the Kenema Judicial District of the Eastern Province of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the accused individuals conspired to commit crimes as detailed in counts one and two, which are conspiracy and larceny.
The accused individuals were found in possession of a total of 1,920 meters or 60 folds of copper aluminium cable, with an estimated value of 1,896 million Sierra Leonean Leones. This cable is the property of Transco CLSG and was discovered within the Kalpatary warehouse located in Hangha town.
Legal representation for the accused is as follows: Lawyer P. Kamara represents the first, second, and third accused individuals, while Lawyers J. B. Dauda, S. S. Ansumana, B. J. Adu, S. Goba, and Augustine Kowa represent the fourth and fifth accused individuals. The matter has been adjourned to Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
Engineer Lamin Samurai, Area Engineer Kenema, is expected to testify on behalf of the Electricity Distribution Supply Authority (EDSA) in the ongoing trial. SM/4/10/2023