By Jane B. Mansaray…………………..
Magistrate Binneh Kamara of Siaka Stevens Street Magistrate Court No1 yesterday threatened to write a letter of complaint to the Director of Crime Services in the Sierra Leone Police Force over the attitude of some Police Prosecutors in court proceedings.
Magistrate Binneh raised the matter of twelve Million eighty hundred and fifty thousand Leones (Le 12,850,000/00) involving an accused Ibrahim Kamara alias Amara that has been in custody at the Pademba Road Correctional Centre since last year with only one prosecution witness testifying in the Preliminary Investigation.
Magistrate Binneh said he will formally write to AIG Morie Lengor indicating the names of Police Prosecutors who continue to delay the course of justice by delaying court proceedings.
This he said was a very serious issue that he will not condone in his court.
Magistrate Binneh went on to threaten that at the next adjourned date if the police prosecutors fail to produce their witnesses, he will not only admit the accused to bail but he will make sure that he throw the matter out of court and acquit and discharge the accused for want of prosecution witnesses.
The accused is charged with conspiracy to defraud and causing money to be paid to others by means of fraud contrary to Section 32 (1) of the Larceny Act 1916.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused on the 6th August 2015 at Cline Town in Freetown with intent to defraud conspired together with persons unknown to defraud Paramount Chief Alimamy Dura the III with the sum of twelve Million eight hundred and fifty thousand Leones (Le 12,850,000/00).
On the other count, the accused on the same date at the said address in Freetown caused the said Paramount Chief to pay the said sum to one Tejan Kuyateh purported to have a temporal vehicle with registration number AS 372 for sale knowing same to be false.
The accused is represented by Lawyer C. Tucker who applied for bail pursuant to Section 79 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1965.
Bail was denied and the accused was remanded at the Male Correctional Center in Freetown.
The matter was adjourned to the 10th February 2016.