November 19, 2015 By Hawa Amara
The prosecution yesterday opened its case in a matter involving Acting Chief Justice Valisious Thomas as complainant. Prosecution witness Sergeant 6493 Abdul Patrick Kanu, attached to the Environment Syndicate Office at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Freetown testified in the alleged threatening language and insulting conduct towards the Acting Chief Justice.
Accused Issa Kamara was arraigned before Magistrate Komba Kamanda at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 1 in Freetown on seven counts, including sending insulting written words, using insulting and threatening languages, calling a person other than his name with intent to insult him.
Led in evidence by Assistant Superintendent of Police Samuel Kamara, the witness told the court that he recognised the accused and complainant and recalled 2 October when he, ASP John Sesay and Inspector A.J. Kamara went to see the Acting Chief Justice at his chambers.
He said that at his chambers, Justice Thomas reported to them that on the day in question he had received text messages on his mobile phone from an unknown person, and that they obtained statement from him based on that information.
Sergeant Kanu said on 4 October the complainant reported another threat and on that 5 October they again went to the complainant’s chambers, where he reported to have received an email from an unknown person on 6 October, adding that himself and Inspector A.J. Kamara subsequently interrogated the accused person in respect of the allegations.
He said in the course of their investigation they were given loaded text messages in a black HTC phone and SIM card which they deposited with the Exhibit Clerk, Detective Police Constable 9593 for safe keeping.
According to the witness, the messages bore the name of the sender, who happens to be the accused, adding that charges were proffered against the accused on 29 October, 2015.
The accused is represented by Charles Francis Margai, while Assistant Superintendent of Police Samuel Kamara is the prosecutor in the matter.
Defense counsel C.F Margai declined to cross-examine the witness until the exhibits are brought before the court for the witness to identify them.
The matter will continue on 24 November 2015.