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‘Nobody dictates to me in my court’

- Magistrate Komba Kamanda

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Presiding Magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2, Komba Kamanda, yesterday said he will not allow anyone to dictate to him with regards dealing with cases assigned to him, especially granting bail to accused persons.

The magistrate made this statement after Andrew Yamba Fallah, a complainant in a domestic matter involving one Alie Mansaray, told the court that the latter had been uttering expletives against him and his wife on a daily basis, and that it would continue if the magistrate was ‘human’ to grant bail to the accused.

The accused (Alie Mansaray) is arraigned in court on one count of domestic violence contrary to law.

Magistrate Kamanda said the complainant has no right to tell him what to do and remonstrated with him for suggesting he was being ‘human’ with the accused for granting him bail. He said he looks carefully at the facts of each case to decide whether to remand or grant bail to an accused person.

“What you said is like you telling me what to do in court,” he said and added that because of the complainant’s statement the accused will be granted bail, but with a stern warning to go and keep the peace whilst the matter is in court.

Magistrate Kamanda granted the accused a bail of fifteen million Leones and adjourned the matter to 9 October.

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