December 9, 2021
By Yusufu S. Bangura & Tutan Sesay
After the testimonies of five prosecution witnesses, followed by the closure of the prosecution’s case, Magistrate Mark Ngegba, presiding at the Pademba Road Court No.2, on Wednesday 8th December 2021, committed Santigie Moses Kargbo, Chernor Sisay, Ishmail Samuka, Micheal Kinny Ndanema and Abdul Bomboli Kanu to stand trial in the High Court for allegedly killing Mohamed Speedo Kamara.
The accused persons made eighteen (18) appearances before they were committed to the High Court.
Before the committal, Magistrate Ngegba narrated that the accused persons were before the court on two counts of conspiracy to commit a murder and murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
He said the police had alleged that the accused persons on Tuesday 12th January 2021, conspired with other persons unknown to murder Mohamed Speedo Kamara.
He said the prosecution called five witnesses including one factual and the police investigators who were cross examined by Lawyer Ibrahim Y. Kamara on behalf of the 1st and 2nd accused persons.
He added that in a preliminary trial, the prosecution needed to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt, and, as well prove the existence of concrete evidence in the matter.
He said having looked at the evidence before him, he was satisfied that the accused persons had a case to answer in the High Court.
Before the matter was committed to the High Court, Lawyer Ibrahim Y. Kamara told the Bench that his clients relied on the evidence of the prosecution and he wish to called witnesses at the High Court.
The accused persons were preliminarily investigated at the lower court on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
Police prosecutor, Inspector A.T Bangura alleged that the accused persons on Tuesday 12th January 2021, at Rogbere junction, Makai Chiefdom in North- East, they conspiracy with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit murder.
It further alleged that the accused persons on the same and place they murdered Mohamed Speedo Kamara.