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Monday, May 23, 2022

Alleged killer sent to jail

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Twenty-eight-year-old Christopher Lavalie was yesterday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre by Magistrate Mark Ngegba presiding at the Pademba Road Court No.2 for allegedly stabbing Josephus Metzger to death.

Christopher appeared before Magistrate Ngegba on one count of murder contrary to the Law.

It was alleged that the accused on Tuesday 22nd March 2022, at Arma Nightclub, Beccles Street, Brookfield’s in Freetown, murdered Josephus Metzger.

Giving his evidence in chief, first prosecution witness, David Jackson told the court that he recognized the deceased as his cousin and recalled on the date in question.

He said on that day (22nd March) around 2am, himself, the deceased and two others were at the said nightclub when he sent one Bakar to buy some drinks for him.

“Myself, the deceased and Mohamed were standing watching the artists performing in front of the nightclub. We were there for long and we did not see Bakar, so we started looking for him, by then the accused was standing behind us. While we were looking for Bakar, the accused rushed at the deceased and stabbed him on his neck which caused him to bleed profusely. I tied his wounds with a cloth, while I and Bakar later took the deceased to the Connaught hospital for treatment,” he said.

He said on their way at the hospital, he called her grandmother and told her about the alleged incident, adding that when they arrived at the Connaught hospital, he noticed that the deceased had already passed away. He said on the same day, he made statement at the Central Police Division in Freetown.

During cross examination by Lawyer J. Hashim on behalf of the accused, he asked the witness whether anything had happened between the deceased and the accused prior to the stabbing, he answered in the negative.

He further asked the witness where he saw the accused before the alleged incident; he said the accused was standing behind them while they were watching the artists performing in front of the nightclub.

The defense counsel sought for an adjournment assuring the court that on the next adjourned date he would further cross examined the witness, but the prosecutor was averse to the defense’s application, stating that the defense had cross examined the witness for an hour and he ought to have finished his cross examination.

She told the Bench that it would be an uphill task for her to make the witness available in court, but however, Magistrate Ngegba said the defense had the right to ask for adjournment even if he had cross examined the witness for an hour.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Ngegba remanded the accused and adjourned the matter to Tuesday 10th May 2022 for the further cross examine.

The matter was prosecuted by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Hawa Bah.

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