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Lungi murder trial adjourned for lack of witness

By Hassan G. Koroma

The presiding magistrate at the Freetown Magistrates Court No.2, Komba Kamanda yesterday adjourned the preliminary investigation into the Lungi murder to 15 May due to the absence of the firth prosecution witness.

The order was made after State Prosecutor, A.G.M. Bockarie, Esq., asked for an adjournment because the said witness, a police investigator, was unavoidably absent in court.

Bockarie told the court he was informed the officer is investigating another matter in Bumbuna and thus applied for the matter to be adjourned to 14 May.

He further told the court that three more witnesses will testify in the matter.

In his reply, defence counsel Ishmael Philip Mammie objected to the date proposed by the prosecution as he would have an important matter to attend.

In his ruling, Magistrate Kamanda said the reason the prosecution gave as to why the witness was not in court was untenable because “this is just a preliminary investigation and if one witness is absent there should be another to testify”. He added that the prosecutor should do all in his power to present a witness on the next adjourned date.

The accused, Fatmata Tucker Moijueh, is being investigated for the alleged murder of her boyfriend, Saidu Bangura, at the Suffian Guest House in Lungi, Port Loko district. She was arraigned on one count of murder contrary to law.