By Jane B. Mansaray…………………………
The High Court Criminal Session of May 2017 yesterday opened with twenty four fresh indictments for trial with fifteen sexual penetrations as the highest among.
The calling over of the fresh indictment trial was presided over by Justice Alusine Sesay, Appeal Court Judge in Sierra Leone.
During the session, an accused, Ibrahim Conteh who was first arraigned at the Magistrate Court on a Preliminary Investigation of attempted suicide conducted by the committal Magistrate Mohamed Seray Wurie of Ross Road Court in Freetown without bail was finally cautioned and discharged by the presiding Judge as the State Prosecution offer no evidence against him.
Another accused, Mohamed Koroma who had since been remanded at the Pademba Road Correction Centre for the offence of sexual penetration is sentenced to seven years jail term after pleading guilty to the indictment.
Aruna Williams, a convict who was granted bail at the Magistrate Court on the same sexual offence charge was granted bail at the High Court in the sum of thirty five Million Leones and two sureties, whilst Alimamy Conteh, Mabinty Conteh and Adayemi Thomson were refused bail at the High Court and remanded at the Correctional Centre for the offense of conspiracy and sacrilege committed in 2016 by Magistrate Tonia Barnett of Pademba Road Court in Freetown on bail.
All other accused persons including Michael Jackson, a former Police officer in Freetown who was indicted for sexual penetration on two separate files was remanded for proper trial.
Legal Aid Lawyer, C. Tucker is representing majority of the accused persons while State Counsel A.J. Sesay and others are representing the State.
The matters were adjourned to various dates between the 22nd and 29th May 2017.