March 31, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara
Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No. 1 yesterday committed to the High Court a murder case involving one Jeremiah Reeves of 86 Bass Street, Brookfields, after concluding preliminary investigations into the alleged murder of one Ibrahim Sie.
The accused was arraigned on one count of murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
Magistrate Kamanda stated that the prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence against the accused, noting that all four prosecution witnesses corroborated the evidence of one another and that he held the view that the alleged murder was deliberate and intentional.
“I have had the opportunity to listen to both the defence and the prosecution. I am satisfied that the prosecution had led sufficient evidence against the accused person and therefore commit him to the High Court for further trial,” ruled the magistrate.
During his closing address on the last adjourned date, police prosecutor Sergeant 922 John Dumbuya had told the court that they rely on evidence adduced by their witnesses, including government pathologist Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, who in his evidence said the deceased died of acute heart bleeding that emanated from stab wounds.
Meanwhile, defence counsel Alhaji M. Kamara informed the magistrate that they wish to call witnesses to give evidence in favour of the accused at the High Court.
He also applied for the accused to be put on bail while awaiting his High Court trial, but his application was overturned by the presiding magistrate on the grounds that the offence for which the accused was standing trial was serious and that if granted bail he could jump bail or interfere with prosecution witnesses prior to the commencement of the trial.