Lungi murder trial: 12 jurors take oath


NOVEMBER 26, 2014 By Hassan G. Koroma

High Court Judge, Justice Alusine Sesay yesterday administered the oath to twelve (12) jurors selected to sit on the murder trial of Fatmata Tucker, who allegedly murdered her boyfriend, Saidu Bangura, in a guesthouse at Lungi in April.

While addressing prosecution and defence counsels, Judge Sesay said he derived his powers from the law to swear in 12 jurors to determine the outcome of the alleged murder incident.

Before administering the oath, he had informed the accused about her right to reject at least three out of the 12 jurors if she thinks they should not be part of her trial.

The learned judge urged the prosecution to ensure that their witnesses are in court on the next adjourned date as he intends to speed up the trial.

“You know this matter was with another judge and was transferred to me. So we have to start all over again, which means you have to make sure your witnesses are available in court,” he said.

Justice Sesay also called on family members of the deceased to keep the peace and stop using what he referred to as “sarcastic words” against the accused person whilst the matter is in court.

The accused was arraigned on one count of murder. The prosecution alleges that on 6 April 2014 at Suffian Guest House, Lungi, in the Port Loko district, the accused (Fatmata Tucker) murdered Saidu Bangura, her boyfriend.
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The matter was adjourned to 1 December.