July 13, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Justice Musu Kamara of the Freetown High Court yesterday granted bail of Le20 million Leones each to two accused persons who are standing trial for the offence of wounding with intent.
She ordered that Mohamed Samba and Emmanuel Ernest produce one surety each and that the sureties should be resident owners of property in the Freetown jurisdiction.
The duo was charged with wounding with intent, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
The prosecution alleges that on 28 May, 2015 they intentionally wounded one Sahr Kamanda at Wallace-Johnson Street in Freetown.
Making a bail application on behalf of both accused persons, Sonia Bobanie-Brown, from the Legal Aid Board, told the court that the accused persons were ordinarily resident in Freetown, and that they have credible sureties that were ready and willing to enter into cognisance on their behalf.
She pleaded that the accused would not interfere with prosecution witnesses if they were granted bail.
State Prosecutor Aruna Jalloh said he would not object to the application as he relied on the discretion of the Judge.
In another matter in the same court, Prosecutor Jalloh closed the prosecution’s case in a house breaking matter involving one Emmanuel Macauley.
The accused was charged to court on two count charges of conspiracy and house breaking, contrary to section 26(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
Prosecutor Jalloh alleges that the accused on 19 September, 2012 broke into the officer’s billet at Prisons Training School in Kissy Town, Waterloo Rural District, and stole properties belonging officers.
In his closing remark, Jalloh told the court that a preliminary Investigation was conducted at the Waterloo Magistrate Court, presided over by Magistrate Alfred Ganda, and that on 25 July, 2013 the matter was committed to the High Court for trial.
He said the prosecution presented three witnesses to prove their case and submitted that they have closed their case.
Sonia Bobanie-Brown from the Legal Aid Board told the court that she needed to discuss with her office before the defense could open their case.