7 KONSU members: Emmanuel Sahr Gemisa, Sahr Foray Moriba, Sahr Lamin, Sahr Kelly and others yesterday appeared before Magistrate J O Wellington at Court No.2 on a five-count charge of malicious damage and disorderly behavior.
In count one, they were charged with malicious damage contrary to the Malicious Damage Act No. 51 of 1961: on count two, they were charged with disorderly behaviour: count three, for riotous conduct; count four, for public insult and provocation and on count five, assaulting one Kai Francis Moriba.
Led in evidence by Lawyer Yusuf S. Koroma, Paramount Chief Paul Saquee V the first prosecution witness and a resident of Resettlement Site, Tankoro Chiefdom in Kono, told the court that he recognized the first, second, third and sixth accused persons by names and the others by faces.
He said that on the 15th March, 2011, he was at the Miatta Conference Hall attending a Public Disclosure Meeting that was organized by Digy Wells to bring development in their chiefdom. All the accused persons were present at the meeting.
According to PC Saquee, after Digy Wells and the Koidu Holdings Representatives had made their statements, the first accused was given the podium to contribute on behalf of KONSU. In his statement at the meeting, the first accused stated that they were totally disappointed at the representatives and that they had lied to them. As a result, the first accused then asked his colleagues to walk out of the meeting in protest.
PC Saquee further stated that when he came out at the end of the meeting, he saw members of KONSU standing around his Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep with Registration No. PCS 005, holding placards which read: Shame on you Saquee; PC Saquee has sold the entire chiefdom and some were even chanting: “Shame on you”. He stated that he was unable to get into his car because the accused persons were standing around it, but he was later assisted by Mr. Karamoh Kabba (Director of Political Affairs) to get into his car.
He also stated that while he was in the car, the accused persons started beating on it and in the process, the left rear window was smashed. His driver then decided to put the car on reverse gear and hit the car that was parked behind his car.
PC Saquee further testified that he reported the matter at the CID Headquarters and a Police Officer took two photographs of his vehicle. He said the cost of the smashed window is one million Leones and workmanship, two hundred and fifty thousand Leones.
In a cross examination by Lawyer Napoleon Koroma representing all the accused persons, PC Saquee told that court that at least thirty people were present at the scene and they were able to recognize the accused persons clearly.
He also stated that the act took place at around 12pm, and agreed that he knew the sixth accused and that he saw him on the scene at around 10 am when the meeting started. Lawyer N. Koroma told PC Saquee that the sixth accused was taking exams at Fourah Bay College on said date of the incident and the exams started at 12pm and ended at 3pm.
PC Saquee also denied making a statement against all the accused persons and stated that he only made statements relating to the first, second, third and sixth accused persons.
PC Saquee further stated that he was sitting at the front seat of the car and when he turned round he could see at the back, but he did not see those banging on his car. He reported the accused persons because he recognized them as members of KONSU.
Kai Francis Moiba, a student and also Chiefdom Youth leader who resides at 8 Benson Street, Koidu, also gave testimony as PW2.
Lawyer Y.S Koroma also led a student and also Chiefdom Youth Leader Mr. Moiba in evidence.
The case comes up on March 31, 2011
By Alhaji Manika Kamara