Several residents of the Goderich community around the Kailahun Court Barray have been hit by a wave of violent robberies. These victims who claim to have lost millions of Leones and suffered injuries in the process now have respite with the news that their alleged attacker has been nabbed and is now facing preliminary investigation at the Pademba Road Magistrate Court. Mohammed Turay, a car washer at the Kailahun Court Barray in Goderich, on Wednesday 23rd October 2019, appeared before Magistrate Sahr Kekura of Court No. 4 on Pademba Road in Freetown. He is facing 11 charges of robbery with aggravation. He has not entered any plea for the offences he is charged with prosecuted by ASP A. Daboh. The police allege that on Saturday 27th September 2019, along Femi Turner Drive, Goderich in Freetown, Turay committed robbery with aggravation. This is contrary to section 23 (1) (a) of the Larceny Act 1916 as repealed and replaced by section 2 of the Act No. 16 of 1971. The particulars of offence revealed that the accused who was armed with a machete and sticks, robbed Benjamin Yeboah of items valued at Le6,710,000. He also allegedly robbed Musa Hasuru of property valued to the sum of Le1,000,000. He also robbed Francis Owusu the sum of Le38,600,000 and assaulted all victims in the process.
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Section 23 (1) of the Larceny Act 1916 states, “every person who being armed with any offensive weapon or instrument or being together with one another person or more, rob or assault with intent to rob any person … shall be guilty of felony and on conviction thereof liable to penal servitude for life and in addition, if a male, to be once privately whipped.” The Magistrate Court is investigating the crime to ascertain whether there is sufficient evidence to stand trial before a High Court. The case was adjourned to Wednesday 30th October 2019.
By David Thoronka
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