Two women sent to High Court
OCTOBER 7, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara
Magistrate Tonia Barnett of the Pademba Road Magistrate Court No.1 last Friday committed to the High Court a matter involving one Tenneh Sannoh and Hawa Musa, who both allegedly wounded the complainant Mariatu Lumeh with intent.
Both accused persons have been on remand during the preliminary investigation which lasted for two months.
The first accused (Tenneh Sannoh) was in court to answer to three counts of wounding with intent, contrary to Section 18 of the Offence Against the Persons Act of 1861, plus wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone, while her co-accused was to answer one count of incitement.
Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Samuel Kamara alleged that the first accused on 5 August at Lumley Road, west of Freetown, wounded the complainant by biting her lower lip, which resulted to severe bleeding. He claimed that the complainant received six stitches which prevented her from eating for at least a week.
He also alleged that on the same date the second accused incited the first accused to fight the complainant, which resulted to the fatal assault to the complainant.
After the charges were read to the accused persons, they both pleaded not guilty to the offences, and informed the court that they wish to give evidence and call witnesses when the matter comes up in the High Court.
Magistrate Barnett told the court she was of the view that the prosecution had proffered sufficient evidence to warrant the committal of the matter to the High Court.
“I am with the firm conviction that the prosecution has substantiated to the court that you have a case to answer in the High Court. Bail is granted to both accused in the sum of Le40 million and two sureties each in like sum. Bail to be approved by the Deputy Master and Registrar,” she ruled.