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Witness detained for shouting at Magistrate

April 14, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Mohamed Alie Kaloko, a defence witness in an ongoing wounding matter at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, was yesterday detained in police cells at the Law Court building on Siaka Stevens Street for shouting at presiding magistrate Komba Kamanda.

Magistrate Kamanda ordered the detention of the defence witness who was being led by counsel Lansana Dumbuya in a wounding matter involving Sarah Robin Bai Bureh, Juliet Worthy George, Zainab Sesay, Naomi James, Alfred Bamba Mansaray, Rosamond Kamara and Kadiatu Mansaray.

The witness was giving testimony of how he was arrested by some police officers when Magistrate Kamanda asked lawyer Lansana as to whether the arrest of the witness is important in the matter. And in an aggressive tone, the witness shouted “yes it is important” without waiting for the lawyer to respond.

“I am going to record the behaviour of this witness and send him to the lockup. He thinks here is a court barray or a market place where someone can shout as he likes,” said Magistrate Kamanda. “My court is not like any other court. You talk with respect in my court.”

The defence counsel apologized on behalf of the witness and pleaded that the magistrate tempers justice with mercy.

The magistrate subsequently ordered the release of the witness after the latter had spent thirty minutes in detention, and cautioned him as to his future behaviour in court.