By Salifu Conteh
Prosecution Witness IV (PW4) Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Charles Godfrey Pcopjia attached to the Makeni Police Station yesterday testified in Court in the matter of Robbery with Aggravation on a Rokel Commercial Bank Vehicle that was heading for Kabala . The matter was resumed for hearing before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No. 2 at the Freetown Magistrate Court.
The two accused persons, Mohamed Kamara(1st accused) and Ibrahim Turay(2nd accused), appeared on a two- count indictment of Conspiracy to commit a Felony, Contrary to Law and Robbery with Aggravation Contrary to section 23(1)(a) of the Larceny Act 1916 as repealed and replaced by section 2 of the Act No. 16 of 1971.
The statement of offence on the indictment sheets alleged that the accused persons on diverse dates between 1st May – 28th May this year conspired with others unknown to commit a felony to wit Robbery with Aggravation. On the 2nd count of Robbery with Aggravation, it is alleged that Abdul Sorie Kamara (aka) Sergeant Gbenkeh, Abdul Bangura (aka) Corporal Marrout, Alhassan Sankoh (aka) Junior Sankoh and Sheku Bangura (aka) Kesboya (decased) on Monday 28th May at Kamator Junction, Safrokoh Chiedom in the Bombali Judicial District, Northern Province of the Republic of Sierra Leone allegedly robbed a Rokel Commercial Bank vehicle the sum of Three Hundred Million Leones (Le 3.000,000,000.00),which was onboard the Vehicle with Registration Number ADV 574 whilst on a mobile banking service.
Led in evidence by both Sergeant 1933 and A.M Jah, ASP Pcopjia, informed the Court that he knew the 2nd accused person, Ibrahim Turay as his junior officer who has been so loyal and dedicated to duty. On the date in question, PW4 went on, he received a piece of information from sergeant 4061 James Kamara, Officer Commanding the Bimbolo Police Post upon which he acted promptly with a team of Police Personnel to the scene of crime. At the scene of crime, he met the vehicle widely opened and on the ground saw the blood of a human being with a bayonet sheath, knife sheath, one neck tie and a full load magazine.
PW4 explained that upon seeing those items and vehicle, he informed the Bank Manager via telephone and later proceeded to the Kamabia Hospital where they met the Head of the Team Leader and the 2nd accused person. He stated that the 2nd accused was unconscious and badly damaged, who later made a caution statement to police at the Makeni Police Station where he was handed over together with the exhibits.
He was crossed examined by Defense Lawyer A.R Kamara. The matter was adjourned to 30th August 2012 when the exhibit clerk will tender the items for the prosecution close its case.