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Judge threatens to discharge murder matter

June 4, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

As a murder matter involving one Fatmata Finda Bangura, who is alleged to have murdered her husband, Hassan Samuel Bangura, commences for re-trial in the High Court, presiding judge, Justice Alusine Sesay has threatened to discharge the matter if prosecutor Mohamed Sow fails to settle the issue of exhibit pertaining to the case.

Justice Sesay said the matter had been transferred to his court for almost a year now but was yet to commence for re-trial because of want of exhibit, and urged the prosecution to ensure they present the exhibit to enable the re-trail to commence.

When the matter was mentioned, Justice Sesay implored relatives of the deceased to keep the peace until the conclusion of the matter and that they should not regard lawyers representing the accused as enemy for they are only doing their job, as it is the right of the accused to have a lawyer.

He said the matter was before Justice Sam Margai for trial but because the jurors failed to unanimously agree on a guilty verdict, thus transferred to him for re-trial.

Giving a background information about the case to the judge, prosecutor Mohamed Sow said the accused used to work in Makeni while the deceased was in Freetown. He said on 26 May, 2012 the deceased and accused were involved in an argument at the Aberdeen Police Barracks which culminated into the deceased burning their weeding pictures.

He said in return the accused went to the kitchen and returned with a knife and started destroying things in their sitting room, and that the accused also held on the deceased’s phone which he requested for.

He said the first prosecution witness had testified that though he did not see the incident, but he heard the accused saying ‘I have stabbed him’.

Fatmata Finda Bangura is alleged to have murdered her husband, Assistant Superintendent of Police Hassan Samuel Bangura, and was charged with murder.

However, after a trial at the High Court in Freetown presided over by Justice Sam Margai, which failed to reach a conviction after seven of the jurors came up with a verdict of guilty and four returning not guilty, a new trial was announced.

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