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St Edwards and POW pupil jailed for NPA cable theft

St Edwards and POW pupil jailed for NPA cable theft

Two senior secondary school pupils Hassan Suma of Saint Edwards Secondary school and Ibrahim Sorie Koroma of Prince of Wales Secondary school on the 3rd of April this year appeared before Magistrate Johannes Wellington of Court No. 2 and were denied bail after pleading not guilty on one court charge of unlawful possession contrary to section 13 (1) of cap 31 as a mended by section 5 act No. 6 of 1981.

According to the prosecution led by police Sergeant Conteh it was alleged that on Wednesday 30th March 2011 at Hannah Benka Coker Street, the accused persons were found with 48 wraps of National Power Authority cable without authority. They pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Lawyer defending the accused persons, Sahr Fanday Tunner, applied for bail for his clients under section 79 subsection 3 of the criminal procedure act of 1965. He said the offence for which his clients were in court is a mere allegation adding that there are credible persons to stand as sureties for them in order to ensure their appearance in court whenever the case might come up. Police prosecutor Sergeant Conteh objected to bail on the grounds that the offence for which the accused people were arraigned in court is laming and it also stands to undermine the development of NPA.

Before his ruling, magistrate Wellington stated that the offence is really serious and is tantamount to sabotaging the effort of the government to provide light which is one of the dire needs of the people. He refused the accused persons bail until the 8th of April this year when the prosecution is expected to open the case.

By Mary I. Kamara

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