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In police murder case:

Prosecution closes case

By Hassan G. Koroma

The prosecution yesterday closed their case after presenting nine witnesses in the ongoing murder trial of late police officer, Alie Fayandi Koroma, 32, who was allegedly shot dead by one Christopher Sheriff Kamara, an Operational Support Division (OSD) officer previously stationed at a Casino at Aberdeen.

While addressing the judge, lead prosecutor A. Sesay said the prosecution presented nine witnesses to corroborate their claim that the accused was the one who shot and killed the deceased, with one of the witnesses being Dr. Simeon Owizz Korama, a pathologist.

He informed presiding judge Justice M.A. Paul that they were therefore closing their case.

In his reply, defence counsel M.L. Tarawally informed the court the defence would open their case in subsequent hearing, indicating that they will present witnesses including the accused to debunk the prosecution’s claim that the death was murder.

Meanwhile, Justice Paul urged the 12-man jury to keep an open mind and ensure they listen to both sides, to enable them return a credible verdict in the interest of justice.

The deceased, a former bodyguard to presidential adviser and ex-Minister of Information and Communications Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, was allegedly shot and killed by the accused on 10th June, 2013 at the Casino Aberdeen in Freetown.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, contrary to the law of Sierra Leone.

The matter was adjourned to 3rd June this year.

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