Judge may discharge murder matter


…due to ‘lapses’ by state prosecution

April 1, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Justice Alusine Sesay of the Freetown High Court has informed the defence counsel in an ongoing murder trial of one M’balu Kamara that he would discharge the accused if the prosecution failed to lead witnesses to testify on the next adjourned date.

As he gave assurance to defence counsel Ishmael Philip Mamie, Justice Sesay noted that the accused had been in custody since 2011 and that to date the prosecution is yet to lead any witness, which according to him, is a travesty of justice due to lack of proper investigation as the liberty of the accused is being toyed with.

“I will not continue to keep the accused in custody when the prosecution seems to be dragging foot on the matter.
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Let me say it, this is going to be the last adjourned date in respect of this matter and at the next adjourned date, if the prosecution did not present witnesses in court to testify, the accused will be given the opportunity to breath the air of freedom,” Judge Sesay said.

He added that the accused is wrongly charged, considering the circumstances of the murder charge which relates to a fight between husband and wife after the latter caught the former red-handed with another woman in their matrimonial home and a fight ensued that resulted to the death of the victim.

The accused, M’balu Kamara, was charged with one count of murder, contrary to law, as state prosecutors alleged she murdered her husband, Sellu Kamara, on 30 December, 2011, in Freetown.

The matter was adjourned to 14April.