A young man who is said to have been accumulating multiple criminal records has been denied a court bail by Magistrate Hilary Abeke of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court after the police prosecuting officer who is handling his case disclosed bad criminal records about him.
Prosecutor Sub-Inspector Bobb last Thursday revealed that Kemo Sanneh is currently standing trial for six different criminal offences on similar charges, saying he is likely to commit similar offence should the court grant him bail.
Kemo is facing two counts criminal charges of shop breaking and stealing before Magistrate Abeke.
At first, the presiding magistrate was not convinced by the accused person’s criminal records that were disclosed to the court and asked the prosecutor to provide a further proof of his argument. “It would amount to speculation if I should rely on your statement without proof to deny the accused person bail,” Magistrate Abeke said.
It took the prosecutor just few minutes to gather the facts from the court registry and came back to furnish the court with the pending trials involving the accused.
In summary, prosecutor Bobb said the accused is standing trial on two similar cases at the Children’s Court at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, which she said was filed against him last year when the accused was 17 years 6 months then.
She said the accused is facing another similar trial at the same court in Kanifing before Magistrate Blessed. In addition, the prosecutor said another two pending cases of similar offences against the accused is ongoing at the Bundung Magistrates’ Court.
Surprised by the accused person’s criminal records, the presiding magistrate denied him bail and ordered for him to be remanded in prison pending the determination of the case.
Kemo however maintained that he was granted bail in all the cases mentioned by the prosecutor.
The magistrate also called for an accelerated hearing of the case and adjourned the matter to the 4th and 6th October for hearing.
by Meita Touray