Presidential Guard Testifies in Fraud Case

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In his testimony to the well-attended court session, Captain Patrick Kamara further disclosed that, he recognized the accused person and recalled between November 3, 2015 and November 11, 2015.

He informed the court that, on November 3, 2015, the complainant, Roberto Reyes informed him that, he received several calls on his mobile phone from the accused; requesting for some financial assistance on the pretext of transferring thirty million United States dollars to a bank outside the jurisdiction of Sierra Leone. 

The witness further disclosed that, as a result of the persistent calls from the accused person, the complainant decided to meet the accused at his Brookfields Hotel room on Jomo Kenyatta Road, in the west part of the country’s capital, Freetown.

According to Captain Patrick Kamara, on November 9, 2015, he was on duty at the Presidential Lodge at Hill Station, when the complainant, Roberto Reyes called on his mobile phone, informing him to witness a discussion between him and the accused, Kingsley Steven at the Brookfields Hotel.

The witness went on to state that, upon his arrival at the hotel, following a brief introduction, the accused, Kingsley Steven, introduced himself as a body guard to the former Vice President, Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana, but that, when he enquired from the accused, whether he knew him, he said the accused responded in the negative.

Captain Patrick Kamara said he then requested the accused to show any form of identification, but that, the accused had none, and that he realized that, the accused became frightened and nervous.

He said the complainant informed him that the accused promised to give him 20% the sooner thirty million United States dollars is transferred to a bank outside Sierra Leone.

The witness explained that, since the accused could not produce any form of identification, he arrested and handed him over to the Aide Camp 2, B .Q. Sesay and the Chief Security at the State House, Superintendent, Samuel Sesay for further investigation.

Furthermore, the receptionist at the Brookfields Hotel, Santigie Kanu, also testified that, he recognized the accused person and recalled November 11, 2015.

Santigie Kanu informed the court that, on the day in question, he was on duty at the Brookfields Hotel, when a team of police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department went and interrogated him in respect of the accused person.

He said, the police officers showed him a search warrant and requested that he should witness the execution of the warrant in the accused hotel room.

During the execution of the warrant, he said, the police discovered one million five hundred thousand Leones, four syringes designed for intravenous injection, including other items of police interest.

He concluded by stating that police officers later obtained statement from him in respect of the matter before court.

The matter comes up again on December 9, 2015.