Magistrate Alfred Fidawe of the Freetown Court No.1 yesterday granted bail to the tune of Le10 million and one surety to 11 APC supporters who were accused of malicious damage and riotous conduct at Aberdeen Road over the award of an APC symbol to Doris Selwina Francis.
During cross examination by police prosecutor 7681 A.S. Kargbo the witness, Doris Selwina Francis, said she was at her No 13 Zainab Drive, off Aberdeen Road residence, at about 9:00pm with family members and listening to the APC radio when she was called over the phone by an anonymous caller informing her about the mobilization of youths at Aberdeen Road to attack her.
The court was told how she immediately alerted the police at Congo Cross to rescue her before the rioters arrived, but that the police came in very late.
Within the space of 15 minutes, she said, she heard a voice saying: “we will burn down this compound,” and that they started using abusive languages as they approached the compound.
Upon their arrival, it was alleged that the accused persons started pelting stones at the roof of her house and forcefully entered the compound with offensive tools which they allegedly used to damage the house’s ceilings, and smashed the back windscreen of her vehicle.
She also disclosed that she had to escape from the accused persons and hid somewhere until the police arrived three hours later.
It was then that the police dispersed the alleged rioters and rescued her. Madam Selwina Francis was immediately taken to the Congo Cross Police Station where she made a statement and was escorted to the crime scene for photographing by the police.
“The entire compound was in shambles,” the court was told.
Meanwhile the APC party hierarchy, after the incident, withdrew its symbol from her and allocated it to her rival, Victor Lombi, until she resigns from the SLPP and the Freetown City Council where she is reportedly sitting as an SLPP Councilor to date.