At the ongoing Preliminary investigation on the alleged conspiracy to steal National Power Authority fuel by some officials the Assistant Human Resource Officer, Fatmata Bonde, yesterday identified and tendered the employment letters of the accused before Magistrate Komba Kamanda at Court No.2.
The accused are Mustapha Sannoh (1st accused), Aiah Mansaray (2nd accused), Mohamed Mamoud Conteh (3rd accused), Sheriff Koroma (4th accused) and Admire Browne (5th accused).
The witness recognized the first accused, as the head of finance, the second as the station head Black Hall Road, the third as senior storekeeper Black Hall Road, the fourth accused as the Assistant Auditor and the fifth as the fuel clerk at the Transport section, all at NPA.
She further identified the photocopy employment letters of the first, second and third accused and the permanent transfer letter of the first accused together with the employment letters of the fourth and fifth accused as full employees of NPA.
During cross-examination with Counsel Hindolo M. Gevao, representing the first, second and third accused, the witness disclosed that she was not the substantive Head of Human Resource at the time the accused were employed at NPA, and she could not tell whether the original copies of their employment letters were given to them or not.
Representing the Prosecution, Lawyer A.G.M. Bockarie asked for an adjournment of the matter, but Counsel A.M Musa who is part of the Defence team, objected to that, stating that in the last adjourned date, the Prosecution promised to bring substantive evidence for the matter to go ahead and that what was explained in court was not in contention in anyway.
Counsel Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai states that the accused are being deprived of their rights, as the crime for which they are in court are bailable, as prescribed in section 23 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.
In response to the above, the lead Prosecutor, Lawyer Monfred Sesay, said that for every criminal charge, they have what is known as the law routine channel and the witness that have just testified is the subject matter of count two, citing paragraph 705 of the 6th Edition that makes provision for pleading, evidence and practice at page 629 that requires the prosecution to prove their case beyond all reasonable doubt.
Counsels for the Defence renewed their bail applications for the accused based on their previous points mentioned, as the accused have reliable sureties that are ready to stand on their behalf and that they were not flight risk.
The Prosecution objected to the bail applications based on their previous reasons.
Magistrate Kamanda ruled that based on the serious nature of the offence, the accused be remanded in custody and adjourned the matter to Monday 9th June 2014.
Thursday June 05, 2014