Magistrate warns police against handling prisoners with bare hands
By Hassan G. Koroma
Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 2 has warned police officers against handling prisons with their bare hands, and admonished them to be putting on gloves.
The magistrate was speaking on Monday (11 August) at his courtroom after remand prisoners were brought in by police officers holding them with their bare hands.
“You people should by now know that the Ebola virus is commonly spread through direct body contract according to health professionals, but you keep holding people directly without putting on gloves, which is making it more risky for you,” he told the police officers.
Meanwhile, the Clerk at Court No. 2, Mohamed Bangura, announced that the court would henceforth only allow complainants, accused persons and witnesses on a case-by-case basis.
Magistrate Kamanda had announced last week that he would only hear 10 cases each day to avoid overcrowding in his court, which handles a large chunk of cases in the Freetown magisterial jurisdiction.