As Alleged Murder Goes to High Court Lawyers Vow to Fight for Innocent Accused
The former Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Lawyer Melron Nicol Wilson who happens to be the lead defense counsel for the two accused strongmen of the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) over the alleged murder of Journalist Ibrahim Samura (in photo) Age Newspaper has stated that that since the court is committing innocent accused persons to High Court, they would continue to fight for their innocence.
Lawyer Wilson made the submission on Monday, 24th February, 2020 at Court No. 2 after the presiding Magistrate, Mark Ngegba ruled that he was warranted to commit the matter to High court base on it gravity because, he said the prosecution has sufficient evidences which pictured that the two accused persons were present at the scene of crime, despite that all prosecution witnesses has testified that the accused persons did not physically beaten and murdered the deceased, Journalist Ibrahim Samura.
It could be recalled that the accused persons were arrested at the Lumley Round About with allegation that they caused bodily harm and murdered the deceased.
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 fails to adduce sufficient evidence against the accused persons.
Counsel Wilson said the evidence of all the nine support prosecution witnesses did not supports 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.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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