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Prosecution addressed the bench for committal

March 19, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

The prosecution in the ongoing murder trial of Solomon Bondi and Hector Sesay at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, yesterday submitted that they have adduced enough evidence to prove their case for committal to the High Court.

Police prosecutor ASP Samuel Kamara said the accused were charged with five counts of conspiracy, robbery with aggravation and murder, adding that the prosecution presented six witnesses to prove their case in court.

He said the prosecution relies on the authenticity of the evidence led in court by the witnesses, citing the evidence of the second and fourth witnesses who testified and implicated the second accused, Hector Sesay.

He said the second prosecution witness, who testified that he attended the same primary school with the second accused, gave evidence that he saw the second accused in the company of others on the day of the incident.

He continued that the second witness had testified that on the night of the incident he heard voices saying ‘everybody should go inside or be killed’, and that he later saw the armed robbers being led by the second accused.

ASP Kamara said fourth prosecution witness, David Tarawally, also testified that he had known the second accused for over three years and that on the day of the incident, he heard his voice among the robbers saying ‘look at the gun’, while the deceased shouted ‘you again?’

“My Lord, the first accused person Solomon Bondi in his statement to the police said he was hired by the complainant to be part of the guards, and that he was supposed to be closing the gate. He said in his statement that he closed the gate on the day of the incident but later admitted that he did not close the gate,” the prosecutor told the court.

“My lord on the issue of identity, both the second and fourth prosecution witnesses identified the second accused. I submit that the prosecution has led enough evidence that warrant for the matter to be committed to the High Court.”

The duo were charged with conspiracy, robbery with aggravation and murder after prosecutors say they led a gang of men to No.9 Off Beckley Lane, Tengbeh Town, west of Freetown, on 1 January, 2015 and murdered one Daniel Salieu Kamara, a police officer who was guarding the residence, and robbed one Mohamed Abass of his designer shoes worth Le9,875,000, and carted away an AK47 rifle valued US$1,400 and one magazine containing 30 live bullets valued US$150, assigned to the murdered officer by the Sierra Leone Police Force.

Magistrate Kamanda adjourned the matter to 30 March for ruling.

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