Larceny suspect escapes but is re-arrested to stand trial

On Friday 22 November 2019, John Koroma appeared before Magistrate Abdul Sherriff of Court No. 3 on Pademba Road in Freetown. He is accused of malicious damage contrary to Section 51 of the Malicious Damage Act 1861 and escaping from lawful custody contrary to Section 23 of cap 179. The court records revealed that the accused, on Tuesday 5th November 2019, at Wilberforce Village Police Post, maliciously damaged two cement blocks valued at Le20,000 that belong to the Sierra Leone Police (SLP). The accused was in custody but broke the cell window and escaped custody. The officers who were on duty when Koroma escaped testified about the event in Court on Friday. Police constable Santigie Joseph, attached to the Wilberforce Police Post Community Services said that he recognized the accused in the dock.  PC Joseph said on 5th November 2019, he was responsible for the cells. He said the accused was the only one in the cell that day. He discovered the escape when he checked the cell. He reported the missing prisoner to his colleagues, Sergeant Keita and PC Mohammed Kabia. He said that the accused damaged the wall of the cell during his escape. Then, their superior ordered the officers on duty to find the fugitive. He said on 6th November 2019, they found Koroma at the Lumley Car Wash. He said they re-arrested him and took him back to the station. The supervising officer at the station at the time of the escape, Sergeant Abdulai A. Jalloh, testified before Magistrate Sherriff. The Police Prosecutor Sergeant Lahai told the witness to narrate to the court what he knew of the escape.

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