APC Mouthpiece, Former Mayor Back in Court
The western Area Publicity Secretary for the All Peoples Congress (APC), Abubakarr Daramy will be back in court today before Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Court No. 2 on Pa Demba Road in Freetown.
According to the particulars of offence, the state alleged that the accused Abubakarr Daramy and Herbert George Williams on Saturday 31st March 2018, at Lumley Round About conspired together with other persons unknown to cause grievous bodily harm to the deceased, Journalist Ibrahim Samura and further murder him.
Making his no case submission, Lead defense counsel, lawyer Melron Nicol Wilson on Monday 10th February 2020 applied for the matter to be discharged as he said, the prosecution has woefully failed to adduce sufficient evidence against the accused persons.
Counsel Wilson said the evidence of all the nine support prosecution witnesses did not support the charges against the accused, adding that the PW1, Dr. Owizz Koroma in his testimony and cross examination did not mention the accused persons as been responsible for the death of the deceased and therefore said no evidence adduced by him.
He further submitted that the evidence of PW9 Mamoud Tim Kargbo corroborated that of Thomas Dixon that he was also an eye witness and that the deceased was assaulted by some state securities.
Wilson Esq. said for the state to prove the offence of murder against the accused must show that the accused by their own act or unlawfully caused the death of the deceased and that the prosecution has failed to establish that fact.
He told the court that the evidence of all the prosecution witnesses in their testimonies exonerated the accused persons, adding that the offence of conspiracy basically means an agreement but no evidence was led to support the allegation of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
He therefore urged the bench to discharge the accused and not to commit them to the High Court to stand trial.
The State Prosecutor, Lawyer Adrian Fisher replied that the prosecution case was based only on common law doctrine and not an attack on the accused persons, adding that the issue of discharge is the discretion of the bench.
In that regard, he requested for a by short adjournment to furnish the court with some authorities to support his application for an adjournment which was vehemently opposed by the lead defense counsel on the basis that it is a delaying tactics on the part of the prosecution to keep the accused in prison.
However, the application for an adjournment to the 12th February was granted whist the accused were remanded to prison.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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