Magistrate Emmanuella Harding has sentenced Salieu Conteh to a jail term of four years for vandalizing and stealing batteries of the most needed Solar Street Lights at the Lumley Beach.
According to the charge sheet, Salieu Conteh was arrested by the police on Friday 20th November 2015 with three V 12 Solar batteries worth two million, three hundred and sixty thousand Leones (Le2b, 300,000 and 60,000) as he was caught roaming the Lumley Beach with ropes and knives used to vandalize the solar batteries.
He however refused to name his colleagues in his two times appearances at court No. 2 and pleaded guilty of the crime.
Before jailing Salieu Conteh, Magistrate Harding stressed that this will serve as precedence for the other groups of thieves who are in the habit of vandalizing and stealing the Solar Lights batteries across the country.
It could be recalled that the solar Street Lights Project as an initiative of government through the Ministry of Energy has been a popular project nationwide.
It was the first phase of Solar Lights project that consists of 8,880 components/poles installed in all district headquarter towns of the country.
It is a local council project to be monitored and maintenance by the local communities.
It is important therefore to know that no stolen components would be replaced as communities were to protect the Solar Street Lights.