Prosecution alleges witness interference
January 9, 2015 By Hawa Amara
Police prosecutor in the ongoing Jorpoh Farm murder trial involving 11 accused persons who allegedly murdered one Francis Kamara alias Oblufa, yesterday alleged that prosecution witnesses may have been interfered with, thus making it difficult to be assembled.
Sergeant 922 Dumbuya J. told the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over my Magistrate Komba Kamanda that he had made several attempts, including subpoena, to have access to witnesses but to no avail.
Sergeant Dumbuya thus pleaded with the magistrate to grant him time until the next hearing in order that the investigation officer in the matter would testify.
Magistrate Kamanda granted him his wish, but urged the prosecutor to produce witnesses at the next hearing as the case is a serious one which deserves speedy trial.
The accused persons – Abdul Fullah, Alhaji Bangura, Orfather Koroma, Alhassan Jalloh, Mohamed Koroma, Abdul Rahman Mansaray, Sheriff Kamara alias Jaygay, Mohamed Metto Kanu, Alimamy Fofanah, Edwin Manga and Abdul Bangura – were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony (murder) contrary to law.
According to the prosecution, the accused persons on 11 September 2014 at Jorpoh Farm in Waterloo conspired with some unknown individuals to murder the victim.
The matter will again be mentioned on 22 January.