The High Court in Freetown presided over by Justice Miatta M. Samba has convicted and sentenced three notorious armed robbers to seven years imprisonment each without the option of fine for offenses of conspiracy and robbery.
Ibrahim Turay, Mohamed Fadika and Gassimu Koroma were found guilty of conspiring together with other persons still at large to steal properties from the complainant Mary Daffay worth over Twelve Million Leones. They are indicted on two count criminal charges bordering on conspiracy and robbery both contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
Upon arraignment in the High Court, the robbers pleaded not guilty after listening and understanding the content of the charges and subsequently trial commenced in which the prosecution called several witnesses and tendered many exhibits.
Their journey to prison started when they were arrested for several robbery cases and were preliminarily investigated at the Ross Road Magistrate courts’ east of Freetown.
The prosecuting counsel, Ahmed G. M. Bockarie says the convicts being known for their notoriety on the 5th September 2015 at Hook Street, east of Freetown, armed with cutlasses and broken bottles intimidated their victim Mary Daffay and robbed her of her DVD player, two mobile phones, television sets and other valuable properties worth over Twelve Million Leones (Le12m).
The prosecution also informed the court that the robbers were currently serving a jail term for another robbery offence and urged the judge to take it into consideration.
However, Counsel representing the convicted persons, Cheryl Sembie Blake made a plea of mitigation praying the court to have mercy on her clients, stating that they have learnt their lesson and called for them to be pardon.
In her judgment, Justice Samba ruled that the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and subsequently convicted all the accused persons.
She stated that the rate of armed robbery in the country is alarming and that she is sending a strong message to the general public that anyone caught and brought before the court for such offence, will face the full wrath of the law.
Justice Samba sentenced each of the convicts to seven years imprisonment to be run concurrently and ordered that the sentence must commence on the 19th July 2020 after they have completed serving a jail term earlier given them by Justice Momoh Jah Stevens at the Ross Road High Court in Freetown for a similar crime.
Meanwhile, for the hoodlums, it is night at noon as they are currently going through sleepless nights, having been incarcerated at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre in Freetown till 2027.