By Musa Paul Feika
Mohamed Kamara is standing trial at the Ross Road Magistrate Court No.1, which is presided over by Magistrate Alhaji Suliaman Koroma, for allegedly robbing the complainant, Mohamed Kamara, of his 8LX Star motorbike with registration AKQ 247, which is valued at nine million seven hundred thousand Leones (Le9,700,000).
The incident occurred on 8th November, 2020 at Cline Town in Freetown. The police prosecution witness, Alhassan Kargbo, a resident of Magbaraige in Freetown, told the court that he recognized the accused, on the day of the incident, as well as the complainant. He said, on that fateful day at around 11pm, he was boarded his motorbike, coming from Ferry Junction to Upgun, when he met the complainant on the road screaming. He added that when he enquired from him about what was wrong, Mr. Kargbo told him that the accused hit him with a stick and took away his motorbike.
“I and the complainant boarded my own motorbike and went to the Government Rokupa Hospital in Wellington, Freetown for treatment,” Mr. Kargbo told the court.
“I was later called to the Ross Road Police Division in Freetown where I made a statement in respect of the matter,” the witness concluded his testimony.
The accused was not represented. During cross examination, he asked the witness whether he knew him before the alleged incident occurred. In response, the witness said he only knew him on the day of the incident.
He further put it to him that all what he had narrated to the bench was not true. “All what I have explained to the court is what exactly I saw on that day,” Mr. Kargbo replied.
According to the police charge sheet, Mohamed Kamara, on the 8th November, 2020, stole 8LX Star motorbike, which property belongs to the complainant. The accused was denied bail and sent on remand at the Male Correctional Centre, Pademba Road in Freetown. The matter was adjourned to 16th December, 2020.