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‘We need to do something about knife attacks’

-Justice Allieu

September 22 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Appellate Court Judge of Sierra Leone, Justice John-Bosco Allieu, has noted that   the issue of knife attacks by gang groups was on the increase in the country and that something needed to be done in order to put an end to such inhuman act.

Justice Allieu, who was assigned to continue the call-over ceremony of the re-opening of the 2016 September criminal session, was yesterday addressing State Prosecutor Ahmed J.M. Bockarie, when a matter of wounding with intent involving one Etim William Brown was mentioned.

He reiterated that knife attacks were on the increase in the country and that people should be worried, adding that all sectors, including the judiciary, should come together and do something to put a stop to such act.

“All of us have to do something about  the issue of knife attacks among young people in this country because it is now becoming a common practice and it should be stopped before it gets out of hands,” said the learned judge.

The accused, Etim William Brown, was in court to answer a charge of wounding with intent, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone, as the prosecution alleges that sometime in 2015, in Freetown, wounded one Mariama Jalloh.

Justice Allieu, however, refused to grant the accused bail and remanded him at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre, before he adjourned the matter for further trial.

In another matter in the same call-over ceremony, Justice Allieu also refused bail to one Elizabeth Ayo Johnson and ordered her to be remanded at the Female Correctional Centre on Jomo Kenyatta Road in Freetown, for the offense of obtaining money by false pretense.

The prosecution alleges that the accused on 31st May, 2015 obtained the sum of Le11.1 million from one Benjamin Mohamed Kamara for a three-bedroom flat, knowing same to be false.

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