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Tengbeh Town Murder: Magistrate says accused have case to answer

September 9, 2016 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

After completing preliminary investigations into the alleged murder of one Patrick Bangura, who was found dead in a local pit latrine at Tengbeh Town in Freetown, Magistrate Manuela Harding, presiding at the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.2, last Friday concluded that the accused persons have a case to answer in respect of the allegations levied against them, hence committed the matter to the High Court for further trial.

The female magistrate emphasised that Demoh Bangura, Sholay Val-Renner and David Sesay have a case to answer in the High Court as the prosecution had produced sufficient evidence to warrant their committal of the High Court.

“The prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that these accused persons have a case to answer in the High Court. I don’t have the power to put them on bail, but their lawyer is free to make bail application in the High Court,” she said.

The accused persons indicated they would call on witnesses and give evidence in the superior court of judicature.

The prosecution closed its case on 9th August, 2016 after they summoned four witnesses who testified in the matter, while the defense counsel addressed the court on a ‘no case’ submission on the 15th of same month.

The deceased was reported missing at his No.7 Upper Tengbeh Town home for three days before his corpse was discovered in the pit latrine at the same address.

Police had charged the trio with two counts of conspiracy to murder and murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

Police alleged the trio murdered Patrick Bangura on Monday, 14 April, 2016 at his Upper Tengbeh Town residence, west of Freetown.

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