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Man remanded for practicing sorcery

OCTOBER 21, 2014 By Hawa Amara

One Alusine Ishmael Kamara was yesterday remanded at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road for allegedly practicing sorcery and threatening to kill one Admire.

The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on three counts of sorcery, practicing sorcery contrary to Section 65(1) of Cap 37 as amended by Section 3 of No.15 of 1965, and loitery with intent to commit a felony contrary to Section 8 of the Public Order Act No.8 of 1965.

According to police prosecutor Sergeant 922 Dumbuya J., the accused on 13th October, at Goderich Street in Freetown, was found in possession of an instrument of sorcery, to wit talisman and herbs to commit a felony.

The prosecution continued that the accused on the same date was found practicing sorcery and loitering with intent to commit a felony.

In her brief testimony, the complainant (Admire) told the court that on that fateful day she was sent by her mother to sell chicken at Rawdon Street when the accused went to their house and ask after her.

She explained that when the accused was questioned as to why he was asking after her, he replied that he was hired to kill her.

She said the accused further told her mother that he is a triplet and that he can command someone to appear in a mirror and strike him or her dead.

After his bag was searched, she said the accused was found in possession of some black magic.

Defence counsel S. Nicol applied for bail on behalf of the accused person, arguing that he is a cultural dancer and that the claims of the litigant were mere allegation as he is innocent.

He stated that the accused has responsible sureties to stand on his behalf and that he will not interfere with prosecution witnesses or jump bail if it is granted.

But the prosecutor objected to the bail application, saying the accused was more likely to jump bail or interfere with prosecution witnesses.

Magistrate Kamanda reasoned with the prosecutor, noting that the allegations against the accused are very serious as there are many instances where people have been killed by black magic.

The matter was adjourned to 12th November when the prosecution is expected to open their case.

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