Emmanuel Gbla, David Gbla, Mohamed Gbla, Alie Kamara, Abdul Bangura and Abdulai Kamara were sent on remand to the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown, accused of kidnapping, riotous conduct, wounding, assault, among others. They made their first appearance in Court before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 on Pademba Road in Freetown, on Wednesday 20 May 2020. Police allege on Tuesday 17th March 2020, in Mamanor, Tonkolili District, the accused kidnapped Lamin to an unknown destination and he is yet to be seen. They further allege the accused behaved riotously, resisted police and vandalized a police vehicle. The Police also allege the accused wounded a police inspector, Musa Jalloh, constable Mohamed Manso Kabia and Francis Junior Sesay. The accused are charged with throwing stones at the Police. They were charged with sixteen related charges: conspiracy to commit riotous conduct contrary to law, riotous conduct contrary to Section 12(1) of the Public Order Act No. 32 of 1965, kidnapping, wounding with intent contrary to Section 18 of the offences against the Persons Act of 1861, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, resisting police arrest, among others. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) I.S. Mansaray prosecuted the matter. The accused were represented by B.S. Kamara. Kamara requested for bail for his clients, after the prosecuting counsel failed to bring witnesses to court. Kamara canvassed his bail plea on Section 79(3a and b) of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965. Magistrate Bonnie refused bail because of the seriousness of the offence for which they stand charged. She disclosed that she will wait for the credence of the evidence which the prosecuting counsel will produce, and that is what is going to inform her decision. She adjourned the matter to 27th May 2020.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay