By Sahr Eric George
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Kadijah Barrie, the Manager of Debeez Sierra Leone Limited, has been granted bail in the amount of five hundred New Leones (Nle 500) by Magistrate Mark Ngegba at the Pademba Road Magistrate Court in Freetown.
The allegations against Barrie involve the embezzlement of a total sum of fifty thousand, three hundred and thirty-seven New Leones on September 4 of this year.
Testifying in court under the guidance of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Inspector Ibrahim Sheikh Mansaray, the manager of Debeez SL headquarters at Regent Road, Chernor Bah, revealed to the court that Barrie, whose responsibilities included overseeing the company’s safe, disbursing funds to customers, updating daily cash transactions through Afro International, MoneyGram, Western Union, Ria services, and reporting to the head office, failed to carry out these duties on September 4, 2023.
Bah stated that when they checked the records for the 46,000 Leones that should have been recorded, they found no updates or money. When questioned, Barrie claimed ignorance, despite having possession of the safe key. She later became emotional when asked about the safe key.
Bah further disclosed that a prompt investigation was conducted, during which they identified discrepancies in Barrie’s entries on that day. As a result, he had to personally reimburse approximately 2.99 million old Leones to two customers on the same day.
According to Bah, Barrie embezzled a total sum of fifty thousand, three hundred and thirty-seven New Leones (Nle 50,337) from the Debeez SL Limited safe. He presented and submitted documents as evidence of the alleged embezzlement.
Barrie’s defense lawyers objected to the submission of these documents, arguing that they were irrelevant to the court proceedings. However, Magistrate Ngegba overruled their objection.
Following an application by Barrie’s lawyers, Magistrate Ngegba granted bail in the amount of five thousand New Leones (Nle 5,000), with 2 sureties who must own properties valued at one hundred and fifty million New Leones. The case has been adjourned to Tuesday, October 10, 2023. SEG/2/10/2023