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Two murder convicts to die at the gallows

September 9, 2020

By Ibrahim Kabba Turay

Justice Samuel O. Taylor, who presided at the Port-Loko High Court has on Monday, 7th September, sentenced one Abdul Kamara of Modu Street, to death by hanging.

The verdict was passed after both the prosecution team and the defense team closed their cases.

The convict was tried and found guilty of murder.

It was alleged that the convict on Tuesday, 7th July, 2020, at No. 24 Modu Street, Bekeh Chiefdom in the Port Loko District, North- West Region, stabbed Alimany Sankoh to death, using a kitchen knife.

All evidences in the matter were against the convict, who according to the court records, had chased the deceased who was running for his life and stabbed him multiple times with a long kitchen knife.

Police investigations on the aforesaid matter revealed that the convict murdered the deceased after they had an altercation.

The convict had claimed that the deceased owed him some money and that the two of them had an altercation after he (the convict) asked for his money.

Justice Samuel O. Taylor asked the jury to look into the said matter, think about it critically for minutes and bring out their verdict.

He added that they should also look at certain elements of the word “murder”.

He however told the jury that if they were not satisfied with the evidence, they might say the accused person was guilty of manslaughter, even though the convict wasn’t charged with manslaughter.

The jury came out with a verdict that the convict was guilty of murder, while the judge sentenced him to death by hanging.                                                           

The convict were represented by the Lawyer Korie from Legal Aid Board and the deceased was represented by the State lawyer A. Jalloh.    

Also in Port Loko,Justice Samuel O. Taylor on Monday, 7th September,  sentenced one Abubakarr Kamara (Alias White Boy) to death by hanging after he was found guilty of murder  by a twelve- man-jury .

Kamara and Morlia Bangura (Alias Bojka) on diverse dates, between  15th and 18th February, 2020, at Kambia Road, Bamoi Luma, Magbema Chiefdom, Kambia District in the Northern province of the republic of Sierra Leone, conspired  with other person unknown to murder Osman Lamin Kamara.

Evidence revealed that Abubakarr Kamara  had some financial transaction with the deceased and that he went to his house to arrest him (although he is not a police officer), but that the deceased resisted the arrest.

Evidence are that the two had altercation which prompted the convict to stab the deceased with a broken bottle.

During the ruling, the empaneled jurors returned with a verdict of guilty on  Abubakarr Kamara (Alias White boy) for murder  and discharged Morlia Bangura (Alias Bojka) on both counts of conspiracy to murder and murder.

Justice Samuel O. Taylor asked the 12-man- jury to painstakingly look into the said matter and critically think about it for some minutes and bring out their verdict.

He admonished them to look at certain elements of “murder”. He however told them that if they were not satisfied with the evidence, they might say the accused persons were not guilty of murder but “manslaughter.”

After half an hour in the jury room, they came out with a guilty verdict.

The convict were represented by the Lawyer Korie from Legal Aid Board and the deceased was represented by the State lawyer, A. Jalloh    

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