Two accused, Sorie Faday Lakoh and Saidu Bangura were arraigned before Magistrate Binneh Kamara on Monday, for allegedly stealing seventy eight bags (78) of chicken feed worth twenty one million eight hundred and forty thousand Leones (21,840,000).
According to the particulars of offence, the items were allegedly stolen from the store of Suleiman Kuyateh at Kossoh Town, in the western part of Freetown.
While he was making a statement against the accused at the Siaka Steven’s Street Magistrate Court No.2, in Freetown, Sergeant Sheku Jusu, attached to the Hastings Police Station said himself together with other police officers which includes the scene of crime officer, investigated the matter.
The sergeant went on to say that they visited the scene of crime being the premises of the first accused and there discovered seven empty bags of chicken feed which the complainant identified as his.
The witness was about to tender the charged statement of the first accused when the defence counsel objected to it.
According to the counsel, the said statement does not contain the testimony of the first accused. “What the accused told them was not what the police recorded”, he claimed.
The magistrate however ruled that since the matter was a preliminary investigation, he would allow the statement to be tendered and advised that the counsel raise the issue at the High Court.
Both accused are charged with two counts of conspiracy and store breaking and larceny. The matter will come up next Monday as the defence promised to address the court with a no case submission.