September 9, 2016 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Justice Alusine Sesay and the twelve man-jury would today (Sept.8) decide the fate of Mbamba Moiforay alias LAC, Foday Amara, Kamara and Avril Oredola Renner who allegedly murdered David Sydney Buckle in May last year.
If the accused persons are found guilty the maximum sentence would be life imprisonment, according to the laws of Sierra Leone.
The deceased met his untimely death on 22nd May, 2015 at a party organized by the third accused-Oreh Renner at the residence of the first accused.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Sulaiman A. Bah had summoned seventeen witnesses and twenty-six exhibits to prove his case against the accused persons.
He had argued that the deceased was last seen at the residence of the first accused and submitted that the piece of evidence underscored the vulnerability of the deceased as the exhibits discovered with the remains of the victim were similar to those items found in the premises of the first accused.
He had submitted that the prosecution relied on circumstantial evidences as none of his witnesses had testified seeing the accused persons murdered the deceased.
Defense lawyers, Ishmeal Philip Mammie, Pious M. Sesay and Hindolo Gevao had argued that circumstantial evidence was not permissible in capital offence, thus urging the judge to discard it.
At the close of the prosecution’s case, the accused persons opted to testify on oath but later took a U-turn to rely on their statements.
The death of the popular disc joker drew a huge public debate and during the course of police investigation, the then head of Criminal Investigations Department, Size man went on air and told the public that they don’t have enough evidence to charge the accused persons to court.
But they were subsequently charged to court.
Moiforay 23, Kamara 35, and Renner 25, were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy to murder and murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone. All of them have denied the charges.