Bench warrant for 37 jurors


SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

As the September 2014 Criminal Session of the High Court reopens, the State judge, Justice Musu D. Kamara, has issued a bench warrant for 37 jurors who were supposed to be in court to answer to their names but failed to do so.

According to Justice Kamara, the jurors ought to have attended the reopening of the September Criminal Session but that since they had absented themselves, they would have to give strong reasons to the court to justify their action.

She ordered for a warrant to be issued on the 24th of September and to send to jail with immediate effect any juror arrested as a result of the bench warrant.

Meanwhile, Justice Kamara granted Le50 million bail to one Kai David M’bawa who is charged with wounding with intent.

The prosecution alleges that on the 6th of October 2013, the accused in Freetown, with intent, wounded the complainant Kawala Johnson.

The prosecution led by the Director of Public Prosecution in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, Sulaiman Bah, said they will not object to bail especially looking at the offence for which the accused person is standing trial before the High Court, noting that bail is the discretion of the Bench.

The matter was adjourned to 15th September.