By Abdulrahman Koroma
Brima Conteh, Operations Manager at Guarantee Trust Bank branch in Pepel on Tuesday 27th September 2016 appeared in court on one count charge of Larceny by servant contrary to section 17(1) (a) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
The accused person during his tenure as Operations Manager at GTB in Pepel, Kafubulum Chiefdom, in the Portloko Judicial District is said to have stolen Le245,319,000 (Two Hundred and forty-five million three hundred nineteen thousand Leones) property of Guarantee Trust Bank.
During his testimony in court, first prosecution witness Steven Kpange, Head of Internal Control Unit and Financial Investigator at GTB noted that he knows the accused person since 2014 as Operations Manager of the bank in Pepel.
He said the accused person was having an unfettered access to whatever takes place at the Bank and that he also had access to the vault of the bank and at the same time mans the key of the vault.
He said there will be no pay in or pay out at the Bank without the consent of the accused person, adding that the accused Person is responsible to manage all the assets at the Bank including the vault and vault key.
Kpange stated that after the incident in Pepel, an internal control unit from the bank was sent to Pepel to investigate and report back to the management team in Freetown.
He asserted that the matter was later reported at the criminal investigations department, central police division in Freetown for further investigation.
Kpenge stated that after a series of enquiries the accused person was found at his Hasting resident on 15th September 2016 and taken to the police station.
Earlier, Lawyer P. Kanneh, counsel representing the accused person applied for bail for the accused person pursuant to section 79 (2)&(3) of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1965 which was not objected to by the prosecuting team and bail was granted to the accused person on the sum of Le250, 000,000 (Two-Hundred and fifty million leones) with two sureties with each producing national identity card and one of them must produce a title deed.
Matter was prosecuted by Asp. Samuel Kamara and the accused person was represented by Lawyer P. Kanneh