June 12, 2015 By Alusine Sesay
Judge Advocate Alhaji King Mansaray in the ongoing court martial of Squadron Leader Philip Joseph Shenks Tuesday, 9 June upheld an objection by the prosecution over the tendering of a forensic report on Exhibit ‘G’, which is the purported leave extension letter for which the accused is being tried at the regular court martial at Army headquarters, Cockril in Freetown.
The prosecution, led by Ishmael Philip Mammy, argued that the report should not be tendered on the grounds that they were not served and that they needed to do further studies on it.
Joseph Abu Bakarr Sanu, who is a police officer attached to the Scientific Support Unit at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Freetown was in court to tender the forensic report.
He, however, tendered in court a letter of request written by the defense counsel for the CID to conduct a forensic analysis on Exhibit ‘G’.
Also, the defense earlier tendered a document in which the military hierarchy took a decision for the accused to be tried summarily.
Although the prosecution objected to tendering the said document on the grounds that it was not addressed to the accused and that it was a photocopy, the Judge Advocate overruled the objection.