After six years on remand at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre, accused, Issa Samura alias Coronel on Tuesday 15th March pleaded guilty to two count charges of robbery.
He made this plea after prosecution counsel, Ahmed J. M. Bockerie, applied for an amendment to the indictment of the accused.
On the approval of the presiding judge, Justice Alusine Sesay, the charges were changed from robbery with aggravation to robbery and the sections changed from section 23 (2) (a) to 23 (2) of the Criminal Procedure Act.
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As he urged the judge to tamper justice with mercy, counsel for the accused, Lawyer Blyden Jenkins Johnson said the accused has served six years at the correctional centre. He prayed the judge to take into consideration the term spent by the accused on remand.
The judge, while passing the judgement, said considering the plea mitigation and the time spent, he was sentencing the accused to five years imprisonment each for both charges, adding that the sentence for both charges should run concurrently, effective from the day he was incarcerated.
Before the accused worked out of the court as a free man the judge admonished him to put himself together and to involve in something beneficial.
According to his particulars of offence, it was alleged that Issa Samura stole from Emmanuel Allen and Magdalene Allen in August 2010 assorted items, all summing up to eight million six hundred and forty thousand Leones (Le, 8,640,000).