SIERRA LEONE, Freetown – Detective Sergeant Kandeh Kanku attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), “Robabeh” Police Station in Makeni, has on Tuesday 20th September 2022 testified against Ex-military Colonel and six others in the ongoing preliminary investigation into allegation of possession of small arms without license.
According to the police, on Wednesday 8th June, 2022 at Sambaia Bendugu, Tonkolili District in the North East of Sierra Leone, the first accused Joseph Sheku Jalloh was found in possession of one small arm to wit short gun without license.
Police also alleged that, the second accused was found carrying offensive weapons to wit cutlass and knife.
Further that the sixth and seventh accused threatened to burn down the house of Honorable Paramount Chief Alhaji Baimba Foray Jalloh, count seven stated that the fourth accused obstructed the Sierra Leone Police while executing their lawful duties and behaved in a riotous manner.
The accused persons are facing nine counts charges of possession of small arm without License, carrying offensive weapon, threatening language, obstruction, and riotous conduct all contrary to law.
Led in evidence by State Counsel AGM Bockarie before Magistrate Mark Ngegba at the Pademba Road Court No.1, the police witness recalled that on the 9th of June 2022, she was on duty when she obtained a voluntary cautioned statement from the accused persons.
She added that the fifth accused admitted his statement to be true and correct and signed by affixing his right thumbprint, adding that it was witnessed by Detective Police Constable 4569 Conteh S, noting that she signed as the recorder.
She produced the said cautioned statement and was about to tender it when defense counsel Fitzgerald Kamara object saying that they have not had the privilege to see the statement because they were never served.
Prosecuting Counsel A.G.M Bockarie asked the police to show the statement to the defense and it was later tendered and marked as exhibit ‘Y” in respect of the matter.
At the end of her examination in chief, defense counsel Fitzgerald Kamara asked the witness whether obtaining the caution statement was all she had done, and she responded positively.
Taking the witness stand, eight prosecution witness Detective Police Constable 18690 Zainab Yeabu Bangura attached at the Mena Hills Police Station Makeni recalled that on the date in question, she was on duty when her boss instructed her to obtain statement from 4th accused Lansana Daramy, noting that she follows the Judge’s Rule like that of the above.
Testing the evidence in cross examination, the witness confirmed that the fourth accused was arrested at 21:00hrs.
At the end of cross examination, defense counsel Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara renewed his application for bail. “My lord they are not yet convict, I prayed you grant them bail because at the end of the day they come out innocent the court will not compensate them”, he submitted.
Pleading further, defense Counsel Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara noted that the witnesses that have testified in court never mentioned that they find the ‘chakabula’ native gun with first accused.
“Colonel Sheku Jalloh has served this country for long and did not have intentions to wreck it”, he concluded.
Having heard the plea of defense counsel Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, Magistrate Mark Ngegba adjourned the matter to Thursday 22nd of September 2022 for reply. SKS/21/9/2022