National Women’s Leader for the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Madam Lulu Marian Sheriff, and three others were last Friday remanded by a Freetown magistrate after they were arraigned for alleged disorderly behaviour and malicious damage.
Madam Sheriff, Peter Lumeh, Sheku Paul Fofanah and Massah Banya were before Magistrate Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara on seven counts of unlawful procession, disorderly manner, malicious damage and throwing missiles, contrary to law.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused persons Wednesday, 27 April, 2016 were found processing unlawfully and putting up disorderly behaviour at Wallace-Johnson Street.
The prosecution also alleged that the accused on the same date and at same place maliciously damaged a four runner black jeep with registration No. ADD 457, destroying its front window windscreen glass valued Le5 million, one left hand rear window winding glass valued Le3 million, one left hand rear window glass valued Le 2 million and assorted properties valued Le56.7 million, belonging to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The accused persons were represented by defence counsel A.M. Kamara, F.B Kaifala, E.S. Abdulai, U. Koroma, T. Johnson, L.M. Bayor, C. Vandy, and J.N. Jengo.
In their application for bail on behalf of the accused persons, the defence submitted that the accused are all citizens of Sierra Leone and owners of property in the jurisdiction, adding that they would not jump bail or interfere with prosecution witnesses if granted bail.
They further submitted that third accused (Banya) was selling foodstuff around Wallace-Johnson Street when she was arrested and brutally manhandled by police officers, and subsequently charged to court.
According to the defence team, the fourth accused (Madam Sheriff) is a very responsible woman in society, having served as Principal at the renowned Harford Secondary School for Girls in Moyamba, spanning 15 years.
They added that the respected retired teacher and senior opposition politician, 65, was arrested because she enquired as to why her son was arrested.
In response, Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police Samuel Kamara objected to bail and stated that the offences for which the accused persons were in court fell under the Public Order Act of 1965, and considered as threat to state security with the potential to cause instability.
Magistrate Dr. Binneh Kamara refused the accused persons bail and adjourned the matter to today, 3 May, 2016 when the prosecution is expected to open its case.