Wounding with intent: convict slammed 4 years imprison


September 19, 2018

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Inside a crowded courtroom, on the first day of the re-opening of the High Court session, Abdulia Mansaray, who had spent three years behind bars without trial, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and was promptly sentenced to four years imprisonment.

The accused was charged with wounding with intent, wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to Section 47 of the Offense Against the Person Act of 1861 as the prosecution alleged that on Sunday, 29th November 2015, in Freetown, he wounded one Tejan Mansaray with intent to do him grievous bodily harm, and maliciously wounded and assaulted Bobson Mansaray in a manner occasioning him actual bodily harm.

Chief Justice Abdulai Hamid Charm, who presided over the session, was ushered in by the Tip-staff who hit the floor with the staff to draw the attention of litigants, lawyers, accused, jurors and other officials of the court to stand as he took his seat.

Director of Public Prosecution Suliaman Bah and team led the prosecution, while Cecilia Tucker from the Legal Aid Board defended the convict.

Ms. Tucker made a plea of mitigation on behalf of the convict that the judge temper justice with mercy as the convict has not wasted the court’s time in answering to the charges, and that he was a first time offender.

She noted that the accused person has been in custody since 2015 and that he is a father of six-year-old child.

Notwithstanding her passionate plea, Justice Charm sentenced the accused to serve four years in prison, which must run concurrently, adding that the time he had spent in prison must be taken into consideration.
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