Murder accused awaits judgment


November 18, 2021

By Ibrahim Kabba Turay 

Justice John Bosco Allieu has slated November 18 ,2021, as judgement day for Bernett Y. Solomon , who is before the court for allegedly killing 4 years old Princess Kallon  on 25 December, 2021, at Waterloo.

Prior to fixing the date, the judge told the accused person to open his case in defense.

He provided him with three options- to testify from the dock, take the witness stand and testify on oath or rely on their statement made to police.

The accused person chose the last option and added that he would want to call witnesses to testify in his defense. The judge, however, recorded it and asked the prosecution and the defense to give their closing addresses.

In his closing address, state prosecutor Alberta Kargbo, told the judge and the jury that the accused was charged with one count of murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

Lawyer Kargbo said she tendered several exhibits and summoned five prosecution witnesses, including the Government Consultant Pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, who established the causes of death.

She said the deceased died after the accused beat her, but told the police that they had an accident on their way from a birthday party.

 She said the accused’s husband, Mr. Kallon said in her testimony in court that, it was the accused that informed her that his daughter had passed way.

She said his husband went straight to the accused’s residence but could not find her at the time he went there.

The state prosecutor narrated that prosecution witness No.3 had told the court that when the deceased died, the accused never reported the accident to the police or took the deceased to the hospital for further examination.

On his part, defense counsel from the Legal Aid Board, C. Tucker, said the burden of proof solely rests on the shoulders of the prosecution and that any iota of doubt would go in favour of the accused.

She argued that the prosecution had not presented any witness to show that they saw the accused beating the deceased or saw the accused killing the 4 years old child.

She further submitted that the prosecution had not presented any exhibit or witness to support their case on whether the accused was telling lies about the accident or not.

She concluded that they had much doubt in the case of the prosecution as to establish the guilt of the accused person.