Testifying before Magistrate Sam Margai at the Freetown court No1 Hussein Ibrahim Bazzy the Managing Director of Sea Board West Africa Limited told the court that he recognized six accused persons out of 28 who are facing three count charges.
Sworn by the holy Koran the Managing Director informed the court that he knew six of the accused persons as employees of his company.
He said that Sea Board West Africa Limited is a joint business company that imports wheat from America and Europe and manufactures flour in Sierra Leone.
Hussein Ibrahim Bazzy who is the first witness and complainant in the matter told the court that he recalled September 14th 2007 at about 2:30 am when he was woken up by a phone call from his son Alie Hussein Bazzy who gave him some information about theft in his company.
The witness narrated how he then called the Officer Commanding (OC) Bayoh about the information he had received from his son, adding that he then drove to his company premises where he found Police present along with his son.
The Managing Director further stated that out of the compound of his company he saw six people who he had earlier identified sitting on the ground with six bags of flour along with police personnel and a 20ft container with 132 bags of flour, which cost eleven million eight hundred and eighty thousand leones (Le11,880,000)
Led in evidence by Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Oladipo Robin Mason the complainant informed the court he came to identify the flour as their product through their brand name and the type of thread they used to sew the bags with.
The Managing Director stated that he then asked the police personnel to escort him in the compound in the factory, adding that the security at the gate who he called to open the gate refused to because he was powdered with flour.
After 30 minutes he told the court the security still refused to open and that OC Bayoh threaten to shoot a gun when suddenly one of the accused opened the gate for them to enter.
He told of how he saw three people including the security in the compound and spilt flour on the ground from the manufacturing point to out of the company compound where the six people and the 20ft container was.
At this point, the DPP asked for an adjournment to Wednesday for the accused persons to identify the said flour in court as exhibit.
Magistrate Margai after listening to the evidence granted the application for the matter to be adjourned.