Two officers from the Operational Support Division (OSD), along with seven civilians, have received a four-year imprisonment term following their conviction for theft.

OSD Officers, Idrissa Andrew Koroma and Issa Momoh Turay, as well as civilians Idrissa Andrew Koroma, Issa Momoh Turay, Mohamed Yansaneh, Abdul Abu Bangura, Sheku Mansaray, Hassan Kamara, and Paul Kamara, were tried before Magistrate Hadiru Darbor on charges of conspiracy and larceny.

Court details reveal that on October 9, 2021, at the Jolaks Manufacturing Company located in the Wellington Industrial Estate, Freetown, the seven accused conspired with other unidentified individuals to engage in theft. It’s alleged that they stole numerous gallons of oil worth five hundred and ninety-four million Leones, property of Jolaks Manufacturing Company, on that same day at the specified location.

On August 18, 2023, Magistrate Darboh, in delivering the verdict, emphasized the consistency of the testimonies presented by multiple prosecution witnesses, determining the guilt of the accused for the crimes.

Given the findings, Magistrate Darboh sentenced the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 9th accused to four years in prison each. The 8th individual, Hassan Kamara, was found not guilty and subsequently released.

The 3rd individual involved, Mohamed Yansaneh, had fled while on bail. However, Magistrate Darboh remarked that he would serve his term upon capture.

The case was led by Chief Superintendent of Police Joan Bull.