By Jane B. Mansaray……..
The Public Health Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Mr. Sankoh Sesay attached to the District Medical Store at Cline Town in Freetown yesterday testified before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Freetown Magistrate Court No.2 on the alleged Free Health Care Drugs theft case involving two Health Ministry employees, Peterson Idrissa Dumbuya and Omodele Cole.
The accused were arrested and charged on two counts of conspiracy contrary to law and larceny contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act 1916.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused on the 10th March 2014 at the District Medical Store Cline Town, conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit larceny by stealing from the said Medical Store, 24 packets of Artesunate Amodiaquine valued Two Million Two Hundred and Nine thousand Leones property of the Free Health Care Service.
In his testimony in court, Mr. Sankoh Sesay recalled on the 10th March 2014 while on duty at the said Medical Store at Cline Town, he saw an unknown person throwing sealed plastic bags through the window from another building within the same compound which he said the second accused Omodele Cole came and collected. He said that moment he stood by focusing on the window, minute after he saw the second plastic bag collected again by the second accused. This time, however, Sankoh Sesay said he walked slowly to the window when the third plastic bag was sent which he picked up. He furthered that the second accused came again to collect the third plastic bag but added that his presence created fear in him which made him to run away.
Mr. Sesay went on to explain that he reported the matter to the Cline Town Police post to one Mr. Karim who referred him to the medical security post. At the post, he said he called at the Ross Police Station and informed them about the incident. Later on he said, an unknown doctor came and cautioned that he should have reported the matter to him first before calling on any one. It was at this juncture he said, two CID officers from Ross Road came on the scene following which he took them to the window where the plastic bag drugs were being thrown. Later on, Mr Sesay told the court, he made statement at Ross Road police station. The accused were refused bail and the matter was adjourned to the 9th June 2014.