Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Pademba Road Court No.1 has remanded a 37-year-old auto mechanic, Prince Kamara, for receiving stolen goods contrary to section 32 (1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
According to the particulars of the offense, the accused in another appearance before the Court; on Monday 26 September 2022, at Waterloo, received a Military Toyota Land cruiser Ambulance with registration number 70SL79 valued at three million three hundred thousand Leones(3,300,000,000) from one Josy Koroma, knowing the Ambulance to be a stolen property of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces.
Meanwhile, A military officer attached to the 34 Military Hospital as a transport officer,
Umaru Kekekura Turay; testified in court that he only recognized the accused standing in the dock, in respect of the case.
He also recalled that on Monday 26 September 2022, when he was on duty at the above said hospital, he received a call from his boss.
He however testified that he was asked by his boss to assist him with an Ambulance for a certain government minister whose name was never mentioned in Court.
The military officer also testified that his boss gave his number to the said minister and that they spoke and he told the said Minister to buy 130 liters of fuel.
He further testified that the ambulance was given to one Koroma SI; a military driver and that he later received a call from the driver that the ambulance had been hijacked at Waterloo.
Upon hearing the information, he contacted his boss and informed him about what had happened. They however reported the matter to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for investigations.
Furthermore, he said they were referred to the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) cybercrime unit. The accused was traced and arrested by the police.
Magistrate Mark Ngegba denied the accused bail and remanded him at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre in Freetown.
The matter was again adjourned to Monday, April 3, 2023, for another hearing.