By Sahr Eric George
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Mohamed Kanu, a landlord, and Yeabu Kanu, a landlady, have been handed a three-month prison sentence at the Male and Female Correctional Centre in Freetown. Alternatively, they face a fine of NLe250 payable to the State. This judgment was delivered following a guilty verdict in an open court case.
The convicted pair appeared before Magistrate Sahr Kekura at Ross Road Court No. 1 in Freetown, facing charges of conspiracy and malicious damage.
Magistrate Kekura highlighted that on January 25th, 2023, both convicts conspired with others to maliciously damage property belonging to the complainant, Foday Francis Bangura. The damages included eighteen corrugated zinc sheets, a pot of food, and other valuables amounting to seven hundred and ninety Leones (NLe 790).
During the trial, the prosecution presented six witnesses, including an exhibit clerk, with Chief Inspector Isatu Bangura leading the case. These witnesses were cross-examined by defense counsel Randy S. Bangura from the Legal Aid Board of Sierra Leone.
The court took note that the convicts confessed at the police station to hiring a carpenter to dismantle the complainant’s apartment rooftop. Considering this confession and the evidence submitted, Magistrate Kekura concluded that the accused persons were indeed responsible for the crime.
“The accused persons are therefore found guilty as charged,” Magistrate Kekura declared in his judgment.
The convicted individuals did not present any plea in mitigation, and their legal representation did not appear in court during the proceedings.
Magistrate Kekura imposed a fine of 250 Leones payable to the state or a three-month imprisonment term as an alternative. Chief Inspector Isatu Bangura handled the prosecution of the case. SEG/15/12/2023