By Yusufu S. Bangura
High Court Judge, Adrian Fisher, has on Friday slated Friday February 24, as judgement day for popular rap musician, Alhaji Amadu Bah, alias LAJ.
Bah is currently standing trial in the High Court on three criminal charges ranging from robbery with violence to assault.
The trial judge set aside the judgement date after the state closed its case and the accused decided not to call any witness, but relied only on the statement he made to the police during the investigation.
Bah, who is currently on remand at the Freetown Male Correctional Centre,was allegedly involved in robbery at the Leonco Gas Station,Congo Cross in Freetown.
State prosecutor, Yusuf Isaac Sesay, alleged that the accused in June 12, 2022, at Leonco Filling Station, Water Street, Congo Cross, Main Motor Road in Freetown, robbed one Francess Wilson, Ishmael Kamara and Christina Koroma. It is also alleged that he assaulted Musa Mansaray.
However, state prosecutor, Sesay last Friday closed his case immediately after the testimony of the last prosecution witness, Doctor Magrett Ruth Gandi attached at the Lumley Government Hospital.
The last witness had testified that she has been a medical doctor for over 5 years working at the above mentioned hospital and some of her duties include treatment of patients and see patients, among others.
Doctor Gandi recalled that on 13th June 2022, she was at the said hospital where she treated one Musa Mansaray who was referred by the Lumley Police Station.
She testified that Musa told her he was allegedly attacked, robbed and physically assaulted by some people including Bah.
The witness continued that when she conducted physical examination on Mansaray, she noticed swelling on his face and forehead and that he complained of pain to his head and face.
She added that after the examination she administered some treatment to Mansaray to bring down the swelling and reduce the pain after which she stamped and signed the document and handed it over to Mansaray.
Lawyer Pa Momoh Fofanah, representing the accused, cross examined the witness as to whether what Mansaray told her was what she wrote and endorsed on the medical report, but she denied.
She also responded that she didn’t mention the accused’s name on the medical report because there was not enough space for her to do so.
She also responded that Mansaray did not specifically tell her that it was the accused who assaulted him.
However, Lawyer Fofanah renewed his application for bail on behalf of his client, but he was denied and Justice Fisher adjourned the matter to 24th February 2023 for ruling.
The defense counsel, Pa Momoh Fofanah, informed the judge that they would do a no case submission in a written form on the next adjourned date.