Man remanded for assaulting 79 year old

Kapr B. Sesay was sent into remand after he made his first appearance before Magistrate Mark Ngegba at the Freetown Magistrate Court No.2 on Pademba Road on Thursday 9th July 2020, for allegedly assaulting 79 year old Alpha Kamara. Police alleged that on Thursday 18th June 2020, at Gbendebu Village in Makeni, Sesay, armed with a cutlass, conspired with others and wounded 79 year old Alpha Kamara in a manner to cause him grievous bodily harm. Sesay was charged with conspiracy to commit murder contrary to Section 4 of the Offences Against the Persons Act, conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, wounding with intent contrary to Section 18 of the Offences Against the Persons Act, carrying offensive weapon with unlawful authority contrary to Section 16(1) of the Public Order Act No. 32 of 1965, riotous conduct contrary to Section 12 of the Public Order Act No. 32 of 1965, among others.

According to the victim and prosecution witness, Alpha Kamara, on the day of the incident, he left Gbendebu at 9 a.m. for a nearby village where he had gone to purchase a cow from cow trader Musa Jalloh. He further explained to the court he and Jalloh had to negotiate for the cow, as he had Le 1.9 million while Jalloh insisted on Le 2.7 million. Kamara said on his way home on a motorbike, he noticed a large crowd of women had barricaded the road. “As I drew near the crowd, I saw some men who had apparently hid themselves inside a bush. They wrestled me to the ground, and then Sesay hit me with a rod on my back while two others, who ran away, hit me with a cutlass on my head, and blood was all over me.”

He alleged they made away with the Le 1.9 million that was in his possession, but he managed to flee the scene. Kamara later made a statement at the Pelap Police Station in Makeni, and the matter was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) before it was charged to court.

J.M.S. Bull prosecuted the matter on behalf of the State, but Sesay was not represented by a lawyer. During cross-examination, Sesay blatantly denied any wrong doing, claiming he was not among those that assaulted Kamara. Magistrate Mark Ngegba noted the seriousness of the offence, and sent Sesay into remand at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown, while he awaits more witnesses from the prosecution.

He adjourned the matter to 16th July 2020.

By Sulaiman Karim Sesay