In Hannah Bockarie’s murder trial…


Defence pleads insanity

November 20, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Defence counsel Alpha Bah yesterday pleaded the defence of insanity on behalf of second accused Paul Corn, thus urging Magistrate Komba Kamanda to acquit and discharge the accused.

Mohamed Lamin Kamara and Paul Corn are before the court for the alleged murder of one Hannah Bockarie at the Aberdeen-Lumley beach in early August this year.

Bockarie’s death sparked huge public outcry after her naked body was discovered on the beach in August. Several female and rights groups staged a peaceful protest to register their dissatisfaction over the spate of violence against women and girls in society.

They urged the police to track down the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Inspector General of Police Francis Munu vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice, and the police seems to have lived up to expectation when they arraigned the two men for the murder.

But the defence counsel has challenged the capacity of the second to stand trial as according to him the latter had escaped from the Kissy Mental Home.
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Counsel Bah urged the court to take judicial notice of a document he presented to the magistrate with respect to the mental condition of the accused.

Magistrate Kamanda refused to comment on authenticity of the medical certificate presented to the court whether, but instructed counsel to have psychiatrist, Dr. Edward Nahim send a medical report on the mental health of the accused. He also ordered the Correctional Centre to take the accused to the sole psychiatric doctor in the country for medical examination.

Magistrate Kamanda added that report of the psychiatric examination should be made available to the court before 30 November.

Police had charged the two men for the alleged murder of the deceased on 13th August, 2015 at the Aberdeen Lumley beach in Freetown.

The matter was adjourned to 30 November 2015 for further hearing.