Brima Joe, Joe Brima, and Steven Jones were granted Le30 million bail each after they were arraigned before Magistrate Marke Ngegba at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 on Pademba Road in Freetown, on Monday 13th January 2020. They were charged with conspiracy contrary to law, larceny, among other charges. Complainant, and Director at National Tele-communication Commission (NATCOM), Columbus Tucker, said he recalled on Saturday 21st December 2019, while driving home after work, he stopped at a car wash near his residence. The first accused, Brima Joe, approached Tucker about buying a sewing machine, which he had for sale. Joe requested Le800,000 for the machine, but Tucker negotiated for Le500,000. Tucker said he had Le14 million which was inside his bag. He said the second and third accused were both standing beside his car, while he was bringing out the cash. Shortly after giving Joe (first accused) the money the second and third accused opened the door, took the bag, and handed it to the third accused, (Steven Jones). Tucker said he came out of the vehicle and asked for his bag, but all three accused persons said they had no idea. Tucker said he rushed to the Congo Cross Police Station where he made a statement. He disclosed that all accused persons were later arrested and they all confessed that they took the bag but found no money inside of it. Other items that were missing, according to Tucker, include two Wi-Fi modems and a car key which he said, he had no access to since the theft took place. The first accused person was represented by I. Macfoy, while the police prosecutor was ASP Barrie. During cross-examination, Macfoy argued that Tucker may not have seen his client taking his bag, since he said, it was the second and third accused that he alleged took it. Second accused who was not represented argued that Tucker did not see him take the bag, for if he had seen him, he would have raised alarm. Lawyer Macfoy requested for bail, pursuant to Section 79(2) of the Criminal Procedure Act No. 32 of 1965. Magistrate Ngegba granted all three accused persons Le30 million bail each, while the matter comes up again on the 20th January 2020.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay