High Court discharges two


February 2, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Alie Mansaray and Jacob Swaray were yesterday discharged by Justice Miatta Samba of the Freetown High Court for want of evidence, after spending two years at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown.

The accused persons were standing trial for the offence of larceny contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone, after State Prosecutor Umu Sumaray alleged that the duo committed the offence sometime in September 2014 in Freetown.

Justice Samba had threatened to discharge the matter should the prosecution continue to delay tendering exhibits pertaining to the trial.
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She had noted that the matter had been adjourned severally because of failure on the part of the exhibit officer to tender exhibits, while the accused perishes in prison.

She had also warned that she would discharge the matter if the prosecution failed to present their witnesses in court to testify in the matter, and cautioned lawyers to expedite cases involving young people.

“If only counsel adheres to my advice, cases of young people will not delay in my court,” she said.

Defence counsel Alvan Sesay yesterday renewed his application for the court to discharge the case as the prosecution had failed to present any exhibit in court since the accused were detained in September 2014.

“My Lord, I renew my application for discharge of the accused persons because the prosecution has failed to present exhibits in court despite several adjournments by the judge,” he said.

Accordingly, and keeping true to her warning, Justice Samba ruled that both accused be discharged for want of evidence.