October 9, 2017 By Ibrahim K.Turay
A complainant in an ongoing assault matter before Magistrate Santigie Bangura of Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.1, Joseph Aruna, has on Thursday (5th October, 2017) explained his ordeal in court.
Joseph Aruna said on Sunday 18th June, 2017, he was in his room when he overheard his dog barking, adding that he rushed outside to ascertain as to what the problem was.
“When I went outside, I noticed that one of the steps was damaged and the dog was lying down dead. I asked the accused (James Augustine Bangura) as to what the problem was? He could not provide me with any answer but instead started beating me up,” he told the court.
He testified that the accused’s wife and son later joined in beating him up until one of his friends intervened.
He further told the court that he later reported the matter to the New England Vile Police Station.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) T.M Bangura, alleges that the accused on Sunday, 18th ,June 2017, at Bass Street, Brookfields, in Freetown, wounded the complainant with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.
The accused was represented by Lawyer A.K Musa, who asked the magistrate to grant his client bail, adding that he would ensure that he maintains peace and would also not interfere with any witness.
The accused, who was charged with two counts of wounding with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to section 20 &47 of the Offences Against the Persons Act of 1861, was remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown by Magistrate Santigie Bangura.
The matter was adjourned to Monday 9th October, 2017.