The first prosecution witness, Detective Assistance Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohamed Kugba Alieu , Head of the Breaking and Larceny Syndicate at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters Pademba Road in Freetown, on Friday March 17th 2017, testified before Magistrate Dr. Abu Bakarr Binneh Kamara of the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1.
ASP Mohamed Kugba Alieu told the court that on Monday February 27th 2017 around 7am in the morning he was on duty when the management of the African Young Voices (AYV) reported a matter of an alleged theft of office breaking and larceny. He added that on that very day he led a team of detective officers including the Crime Scene Officer, Inspector Saidu Dumbuya to further investigate the matter. He went on that when they reached at the Africa Young Voice compound; he first interviewed the Acting Manager, Reverend Victoria Blake who later took them to various places within the AYV compound including the alleged crime scene. He went further that he then instructed the crime scene officer to take photographs of the scene.
Mohamed Kugba Alieu continued that at the scene he observed that the doors and windows were damaged; prints on the wall, scattered documents on the floor and several TV equipment were missing. He added that he then obtained interviews from those who were in charge of the affected offices. He went further that he asked for those who were on night duty on the day the incident occurred and the management identified four men to them as part of those who were on duty the night.
He continued that the four men were cautioned and taken to the CID headquarters for further investigation. He added that he was led again by the Acting Manager, Reverend Victoria Blake to the IT office and she identified one Mr. Adran as the Head of the IT department. He went on that he requested Mr. Adran to play a replay of the Closed Circuit Camera Television (CCTV) footages from 7pm on 26th of February to 6am on 27th of February . He continued that when the camera was playing, he requested that Management should identify the first accused. He added that he was told that the first accuse, Mohamed Kanu alias Beetus Text was not around and management assisted by calling him on cell-phone and the first accuse later came to the scene. He furthered that he went together with Beetus Text to the IT office to see a replay of the CCTV footages. He added that the first accuse Beetus Text was also taken to the CID headquarters for investigation and a copy of the CCTV camera footages was down loaded and handed over to the crime writers' office.
It was at this juncture that the prosecutor, Assistance Superintendent of Police Samuel Kamara sought for an adjournment for the crime writer to tender the copy of the downloaded CCTV camera footages to the court.
The Defense team is led by S.M. Sesay. He renewed their bail application for the accused persons but the prosecutor objected to the bail application.
However, Magistrate Dr. Abu Bakarr Binneh Kamara granted 160 million Leones bail with one surety each and each surety should produce a bank statement of thirty million Leone and must reside at the Western Area and bail should be approved by the Master and Registrar of the High Court of Freetown. The matter was later adjourned to Monday 27th March, 2017.
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