SLPP Councillor elects imprisonment
The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) councillor elect for Ward 369 Constituency 104, Mohamed Kanu Mansaray (in photo), Tuesday 31st was refused bail and taken to Pademba prison shortly after appearing before Magistrate K. Kamanda of Court 2 to answer to police charges.
The accused, who a few days ago was with the police on allegation that he was involved in the kidnapping of an ‘Okada’ rider, yesterday was at the well of Magistrate Court 2 answering to charges of conspiracy, kidnapping and wounding.
He was accused of kidnapping one Mohamed Kamara and in the process wounded him.
The Director of Public Prosecution Mr. Bah and his deputy Gerald Sowie were in court in defence of the prosecution.
The accused who pleaded not guilty to all the charges was refused bail and later incarcerated at Pademba prison.
Lawyer for the defence, Banja Tejan-See applied for bail using Section 79 of the criminal Procedure Act of 1965 as reference, thus drawing the attention of the Magistrate that the offences for which the accused was charged are bailable.
The DPP, who doubles as the lead prosecutor in the matter damned bail application by the defence and said however that if the accused is granted bail, he will certainly interfere with prosecution witnesses.
Bail was refused by Magistrate K. Kamanda, and the accused Mohamed Kanu was remanded in custody.
It is a fact that the accused is the winner of recently held Bi-elections in Constituency 104 Ward 369.
Thursday, February 2nd was set aside for the swearing-in ceremony, but has inescapably been cancelled due to the detention of Mohamed Kanu.
The accused was in court with a broken left hand as he responded to charges against him.
Disclosures have it also that the accused had his hand broken by an APC member of parliament, Honourable Tunde Liwally during the mentioned bi-elections early January 2012.
Reports say however that the swearing-in of the accused as councillor for Ward 369 is seemingly dream talk and that residents of Constituency 104 Ward 369 have vowed taking the police to task for what they say is “naked disadvantage meted on their brother.”
The matter was adjourned to Friday 3rd.
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