By Jane B. Mansaray.
Presiding Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of Siaka Stevens Street Magistrate Court No2 in Freetown yesterday granted ten Million Leones bail to an accused person, Alusine Sahr for violating City Council bye-laws of 2010.
The accused who had since his arrest been on remand at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre is arraigned on two counts of depositing of garbage in an unauthorized place and deposing garbage without lawful authority and approval from the Freetown City Council (FCC) contrary to Regulation 3(1) of the (FCC) prohibited use of public places bye-laws of 2010.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused Alusine Sahr on the 26th July 2017 along Kroo Bay in Freetown was allegedly found depositing waste garbage in an unauthorized place.
In his evidence in Court, the first prosecution witness, Assistant Superintendent of Metropolitan Police, Mohamed Ibrahim Mansaray attached to the Metropolitan Head Quarters said his unit is tasked with the responsibility of protecting life and property and enforcing the FCC bye laws in the Municipality.
He said he recognizes the accused and recalled on the 26th July 2017, whilst on duty at the above head quarter office on Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown when Metropolitan Police Superintendent John Albert Simbo and team arrested and brought in the accused person for further investigation.
The witness told the Court that the matter was assigned to him for investigation of which he (witness) prepared a report while the arresting officer took snap shots of the accused together with a green bin with garbage.
Mr. Mansaray continued that himself together with Sergeant 125 Kamara and Sergeant 148 Mohamed Kanu obtained voluntary caution statement from the accused and on the same day at about 4:00 pm he (witness) and Sergeant 125 Kamara visited the scene of crime at Kroo Bay in Freetown.
On the 27th July 2017 the accused was charged with the above mentioned offences.
The second prosecution witnesses John Albert Simbo also testified in the matter. He said he recalled the said date at about 12:30am whist on patrol with a team of Metropolitan Officers from Siaka Stevens Street to Kroo Bay when they saw the accused depositing garbage.
Mr. Simbo told the Court that he immediately ordered the arrest of the accused and took him to the head office and handed him over to the investigator and wrote a report which he (witness) handed over to the crime officer.
Under cross examination by the accused person, the witnesses denied demanding or taking money from the accused.
In making his statement to the Metropolitan Police officer, the accused said the officer failed to record the money which he (accused) allegedly took from his pocket.