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Magistrate, Lawyer Clash Openly In Court

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Magistrate, Lawyer Clash Openly In Court

By Jane B. Mansaray……………….
Over seniority status in the legal profession, Lawyer Alhaji M. Kamara (ESQ) yesterday clashed openly with presiding Magistrate Mohamed Seray Wurie of Court No 6 by claiming that “I am more senior to you and know the law more than you do”, counsel emphasized.
Lawyer Alhaji Kamara made this statement during cross examination of the second prosecution witness Sergeant 5816 Abubakarr Turay attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters in Freetown in relation to a matter involving two accused persons.
Defense counsel Lawyer Alhaji Kamara challenged the presiding Magistrate when Magistrate Wurie asked the witness not to answer to certain questions put to him by the defense counsel as according to him it lacks the bases of cross examination.
As Lawyer Alhaji continued the argument with the presiding Magistrate, Magistrate Seray Wurie angrily asked counsel to leave the court room.
Counsel in his response refused to leave the court room and said that the Magistrate does not own the court as it was meant for all. The cross examination was discontinued and Lawyer Alhaji kindly asked the court to be recorded as he did not finish his cross examination based on the interruption from the presiding Magistrate.
The accused Idrissa Ansumana Soko and Ibrahim Kamara face two counts of conspiracy and store breaking contrary to Section 26 (1) of the Larceny Act 1916.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused on the 25th November 2015 at the National Stadium in Freetown conspired with others to commit a felony to wit store breaking and larceny. The accused on the said date and at the above address with intent to steal, broke and entered into the internally displaced person’s store and stole therein plastic “tapoline” and other valuable items worth twelve Million seven hundred and forty six thousand Leones whilst in the custody of Kadijatu Buya Kamara, property of the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affair.
The accused were refused bail and remanded at the Pademba Road Correctional Centre. The matter was adjourned to the 21st December, 2015.

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