Dilip Peshwani, an India national and three Sierra Leoneans Samuel Bangale, Mohamed John Kamara, and Isata made their second appearances before Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Pademba Road Court No.1 as they were alleged of entering the office of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) at Wellington, east of Freetown, stealing assorted items worth thousands of Leone.

The accused were arraigned before the court on two counts of charges of conspiracy contrary to law and office breaking, and larceny contrary to section 26(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

The charge sheet indicates that the accused on Saturday 3rd September 2022 at Wellington in Freetown conspired to commit a felony, to wit, office breaking, and larceny.

The charge sheet furthered that the accused on the same day and place with intent to steal, broke and enter into the office of the National Revenue Authority and stole one hundred and eleven (111) chairs valued at ninety- nine thousand nine hundred new leones (NLe99,900), six office fridges valued at ten thousand, eight hundred new leones (NLe10,800), twenty-eight (28) conference chairs valued at thirty- two thousand, four hundred new leones (NLe32,400) and other valuable items worth over two hundred and one thousand, six hundred and thirty-nine new Leones (NLe201,639) property of the National Revenue Authority.

Shortly after the matter was mentioned, the prosecutor, ASP Ibrahim Maay, sought a short date and said although the witness was in court, he couldn’t locate him.

Defence counsel Derick Attacho made an application for discharge of the matter indicating that the prosecution is not ready to proceed with the matter.

His application was denied by the magistrate and the matter was adjourned to 14th August 2023 for hearing.