NOVEMBER 12, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Presiding Magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2, Komba Kamanda, has lambasted Police investigators for doing what he referred to as a ‘nasty job’ because according to him, they are often complicit in charging the wrong people to court.
While hearing a matter of land dispute on Monday (November 10), Magistrate Kamanda said police officers who conducted investigation into the said matter had failed to charge the right individual to court.
“Those corrupt police officers are the ones who are causing the problem in the country. They connive with certain people, collect money from them and then charge the wrong people to court,” Magistrate Kamanda fumed and questioned the decision of the police not to charge an individual who sold the same land to two persons – in 2010 for Le4.4 million and in 2012 for Le12 million.
“I have observed that people are in the habit of selling a piece land to two different people and at the end of the day they go home and enjoy the money, whilst the innocent people are fighting and killing themselves over the land,” he observed.
The accused persons – Mariama Sillah and Solomon Wilson – were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy to trespass and trespass, contrary to section 15 (1) of the Offences Against the Persons Act of 1861.
According to the police prosecutor, the accused on 1st to 31st January 2014, conspired to trespass on a land belonging to one Mariama Adonisa Kamara, situated off Mamamah Lane, Gloucester.
It remains unclear though whether the magistrate will discharge the accused for wrongful prosecution.