Dora Kamara, a trader on College Road, Goderich, on Monday 9th December 2019, testified before Magistrate Sahr Kekura of Court No. 4 on Pademba Road against four accused: Ishmail Sesay, Abu Bakarr Kamara, Mohamed Koroma and Mohamed Gomes Sheriff. The accused are charged with 10 offences ranging from conspiracy to robbery with aggravation and assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to section 23(1)(a) of the Larceny Act 1916 as repealed and replaced by section 2 of Act No. 16 of 1971 and section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1816. ASP Malick Barry alleged that the accused on Sunday 26th October 2019, committed robbery with aggravation. Also, on the same date and place, Ishmail Sesay and others being armed with cutlasses attacked and robbed Silas Momodu Sesay of properties worth Le5,550,000 and injured him in the process. In her testimony, the witness said she was inside her room around 3:00 a.m. when she heard noises outside. She said she came out and saw people but recognized only the 4th accused. She said she knew him because he usually comes to their home to buy food from her sister Marian Kamara. She said the robbers were asking Marian for money and they held cutlasses and knives. She said when the neighbours started coming out, the robbers took to their heels and locked them inside the house. She said she took pictures of one of the robbers before they could flee on her mobile phone.
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She tendered the mobile phone and photo in court as evidence. The first three accused were without legal representation but the 4th accused was represented by M. Jaffa. In his cross-examination, Jaffa asked the witness when she took the photos. The witness said that she took them around 3:00 to 4:00 a.m. She agreed with the lawyer that the place was dark when she took the photos and at the time she could not see well. She also agreed that she saw people but could not tell who they were. At this juncture, Jaffa applied to the court for bail for the 4th accused but Magistrate Kekura declined to grant him bail on the grounds that the case against the accused is very serious. Two witnesses have already testified against the accused. One of the former witnesses, Ali Kargbo of Goderich said in his testimony that the robbers attacked and wounded him on the head in the process. He said they collected Le600,000 from him. The accused have made six court appearances. The case was adjourned to Monday 16th December 2019.
By David Thoronka
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