From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

SLPP Aspirant Kadie Johnson-Cole Dragged to Court
By Dauda P. Koroma
Dec 6, 2010, 13:18

One of the SLPP Flagbearer aspirants, Madam Kadie Johnson-Cole has appeared in Court No.1 before Magistrate Steven Conteh on Thursday 2nd December, 2010 to answer to five-count charges including Wounding with Intent, Assault occasioning in bodily harm, Resisting Police arrest and Disorderly behaviour.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused recently at No.7 Madongo Town at Congo Cross in Western Freetown allegedly assaulted and wounded a woman police officer who was trying to bring in Kadi Johnson-Cole following complaint filed against Johnson-Cole by a member of her husbandís family who alleged that Kadie Johnson-Cole had broken into the family residence and stolen items belonging to the Johnson-Cole household.

According to the police officers, attempts to take Kadi Johnson Cole in for questioning from the Johnson-Cole residence at Madongo Town over the larceny and housebreaking allegations are what led to her alleged violent attack on the female police officer.

Kadie Johnson-Cole was charged but apparently refused to appear in court thus causing a Bench Warrant to be issued for her arrest. On arrival at the courts, she was arraigned in front of the Magistrate to which she pled not guilty to all the charges whilst her defence counsel, Lawyer A.B. Sangarie applied for bail for his client on grounds that she is a responsible citizen, and that it is very unlikely for her to jump bail, neither will she interfere with the prosecution witnesses. The prosecuting police counsel objected to bail but Magistrate Steven Conteh, after carefully listening to the two sides, in his wisdom granted the accused woman bail in the sum of 3 million leones with two sureties in like sum; and that the sureties should be responsible citizens.


The matter was then adjourned to today, Monday 6th December 2010 when the female police officer is expected to start testifying against Johnson-Cole. Meanwhile, the status of the matter involving larceny and house-breaking for which Kadi Johnson-Cole was first reported to the police by her in-law is not known. Neither Johnson-Cole nor her lawyer made any comments to journalists as they left the court room.

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