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Monday, June 1, 2020
Accused Released On Le100 Million Bail

Accused Released On Le100 Million Bail

(SLENA 23 May, 2019): Momoh Alfred, a shop boy working for an Indian businessman has been granted a Le100 Million bail on his first appearance in court.

The accused, Momoh Alfred, is before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of Court No.1 responding to two count charges of conspiracy and larceny by servant contrary to law.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Ibrahim Sheik Mansaray is prosecuting the matter and the accused is being represented by lawyer A.S Ndolleh.

Reading the charges and the particulars of statement to the accused, the Court Clerk read that the accused on 26th April, 2019 at No.28 Bai Bureh Road, Calaba Town conspired with other unknown persons to commit a felony to wit larceny by servant.

The court further read that the accused allegedly stole the sum of fifty six million Leones (Le56M) worth of property from his boss, Diepak Aruja.

The complainant, Diepak Aruja who was in court as prosecution witness (PW1) said he recognized the accused as his shop boy and recalled on the day of the incident when he went to his shop at around 9am to do his business. He said when one of his suppliers went to collect his money, he checked inside the locker where he kept the money to pay the supplier but to his greatest surprise, he did not find a single cent inside.

“There was no breakage to the locker, so I became suspicious of how this happened. When I played the CCTV camera, I saw the accused carrying a chair on his head. I also noticed from the footage that the accused hid in the shop on the 25th April, 2019 and the following morning, I saw him come out of the shop with a chair on his head but with no bag or money,” he narrated.

PW1 added that when he started investigating the missing money, one strange man came and took the trash can away and the accused identified the man as his neighbour. He said he then called one ASP Bongay and showed him the CCTV camera footage and ASP Bongay asked for the accused but he said the accused was not around.

He said the matter was sent to CID headquarters for investigations and he later made statement to the police.

Lawyer A.S Ndolleh, making his bail application, said he realized the seriousness of the allegation levied against his client. He said there are reliable sureties who are willing and ready to stand in cognizance of the accused. “Granting him bail does not mean he has been set free. We will not interfere with the prosecution witnesses and the accused possess no flight risk,” he said.
He said he made the application pursuant to constitutional instrument Section 5 of 2008, the Criminal Procedural Act; Section 79(2) No .32 of 1965.

Magistrate Bonnie, granting the accused bail, said there is nothing before the court as an affidavit to show that the accused should not be granted bail. She granted the accused bail on the sum of Le100, 000,000, two sureties that are employed and the bail to be approved by DAR.

The matter was adjourned to 22nd 2019.
(M.E.M - Freetown)