Johnson Murder Trial – Defence Lawyer calls for discontinuance of Public Hearing
Lead defence counsel in the murder trial of Alake Johnson and others accused of the killing of the late Mr. Johnson at Wilberforce, in Freetown, Melron Nicol-Wilson has applied for the case against his clients to be discontinued by Magistrate Komba Kamanda sitting in the open court. (Photo: Lead defence counsel Melron Nicol-Wilson)
The Lawyer made this application last Tuesday pursuant to the provisions of section 109 of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965 which states that ‘the room or place in which the investigation is held shall not be an open or public court for that purpose…’
The learned lawyer argued that all preliminary investigations should be conducted in camera and not in a public or open court room as is presently the case with his clients.
In reply, former Director of Public Prosecution and Lead Prosecution Counsel in the case, Mr. Oladipo Robin-Mason said there must be exceptional reasons for holding the trial in camera.
The learned magistrate reserved his ruling until the adjourned date next Tuesday when it is expected that the prosecution would have moved the case to the High Court by means of section 136 of the Criminal Procedure Act.
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