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Murder accused gets High Court date

OCTBER 1, 2014 By Hawa Amara

A murder accused, Abu Bakarr Kalokoh, will have to stand trial at the High Court, according to Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 yesterday.

Kalokoh was arraigned on three counts of murder and arson contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone, after he was alleged to have murdered two people and burnt a house at A.J. Momoh Street in central Freetown.

According to police prosecutors, the accused on 27 April murdered one Pa Sorie Kamara and Mohamed Kamara Jr., as well as burnt a house at the aforementioned address.

In his verdict following a preliminary investigation into the allegations, Magistrate Kamanda stated that the court had adjourned the matter more than seven times for want of a witness, and that because the matter involves murder, the court cannot discharge [the accused], thus his reason for committing it to the High Court.

The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty of the offences he is charged with, and informed the court he would call on witnesses to prove his innocence at the High Court.

In another matter in the same court, Magistrate Kamanda also committed to the High Court a matter involving three persons alleged to have been involved in pirating local movies without the permission of the producers.

The accused persons – Abass Kamara, Gibrill Kamara and Osman Jalloh – were arraigned on 151 counts of distributing copyright property, infringement, and selling copyright property contrary to law.

The prosecution alleged that the accused persons on 11 January, at the old PZ building in central Freetown, were found selling and distributing copy materials without due permission from the producers.

Magistrate Kamanda stated that the accused were caught with pirated movies that were tendered in court and that he had perused the submission of the defence counsel.

He concluded that the prosecution had adduced evidence to warrant the committal of the matter to the High Court.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the offences charged and stated their desire to produce witnesses in the High Court.

Defence counsel E.T. Koroma applied for bail on behalf of the accused persons, pursuant to Section 120 of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965, arguing that the accused have never jumped bail or interfered with prosecution witness(s).

Magistrate Kamanda granted bail in the sum of Le300m to the accused persons with two sureties in like sum, instructing that one of the sureties should produce a title deed as well as being a residence owner, while the bail must be approved by the acting Master and Registrar of the High Court.

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