Issa Kanu, a 20-year old unemployed youth, with no fixed residence was arraigned before Magistrate Marke Ngegba of Court No. 2 on Pademba Road in Freetown on Monday 3rd February 2020. The police allege the accused, on Wednesday 17th September 2019, on Circular Road in Freetown, stole a blue Yamaha (YBR) motorbike valued at Le18 million belonging to National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), whilst in the custody of Kandeh Kamara. This is contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act 1916. Police prosecutor, Sergeant F.H. Winsted, called Detective police constable A. Koroma, to testify. Koroma said the complainant came to Central Police Station to report the theft of the NASSIT motorcycle on 12th September 2019. He said after a while, the complainant called him and said that he has found the bike and the person that took it. He said he went to the scene at Lightfoot Boston Street with another police officer. He said they met the accused and the complainant with some other people. He said the accused was with the motorbike and he arrested him and took them to the Central police station for further investigation. The witness said the blue Yamaha motorcycle had the registration number removed. He said he handed the bike to the exhibit clerk at the station and the complainant brought the ownership papers of the motorcycle. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, 4th February 2020, Sergeant M. Fofana, an exhibit clerk from the Central police station came to testify. He tendered the blue motorbike, which was in his custody as court evidence. At this juncture, Magistrate Mark Ngegba informed the accused that he had options to enter his defense as he was without legal representation. He said the accused can rely on his statement made to the police, take the witness stand swear on-oath and give evidence of stand in the dock and give unsworn testimony. The accused said that he is relying on his statements made to the police for his defense.
The case was adjourned to 12th February 2020.
By David Thoronka