Leone Lodge Thieves Discharged
By Jane B. Mansaray
Three alleged Leone Lodge conspirators, Richard Sami, Sulaiman Koroma and Josephus Kajue who were said to have stolen properties valued over seventy nine million Leones (Le79,000,000) at that hotel in Freetown were yesterday discharged by the presiding High Court Judge, Justice Sam Margai for want of prosecution.
The defendants in the matter were alleged to have been arraigned before the High Court for trial sometime this year after going through preliminary investigation at the Magistrate court in Freetown on two count charge of conspiracy and larceny contrary to law.
The particulars of offence state that the defendants on diverse dates between 18th August 2014 and 12th February 2015 at the Leone Lodge Hotel in Freetown conspired with other persons unknown and stole eleven plasma televisions valued fifteen Million Leones (Le15, 000,000) and other properties valued to the total sum of seventy nine Million, two hundred and sixty eight thousand Leones property of Leone Lodge Hotel.
Shortly after the matter was mentioned for hearing, State Council Robin Mason (Jnr) informed the court that his witness Wilfred Sam King was absent, and as a result he will not go on with the matter.
Defence Council, Lawyer C. Blake of the Legal Aid fame made an application for a discharged. She said since the matter was committed to the High court for trial, the State prosecutor did not make any move to prosecute the accused persons.
In reply State Counsel argued that it is possible that his client has fallen sick again, but kindly requested to the court for another adjourned date, a time he said if his client did not appear will allow the bench to use discretion.
After listening to both arguments, Justice Sam Margai said apart from the complainant the state should have called the other witnesses to proceed with the matter.
“I will not allow you to keep these people in prison for Christmas when you are not ready to contest the action.” Justice Margai stressed.
All accused discharged for wants of prosecution.