Court of Appeal Judge, Honourable Justice Monfred Sesay has released 11 convicted persons who were sentenced for various offences at the Magistrate’s Court.
Edward Emmanuel, a teacher at the Saint Augustine Secondary School at Lungi, Port Loko Judicial District was released.
According to him, he came to Kono to establish a branch of the school, and he later decided to invest in charging mobile phones. While operating mobile phones charging center, some of the phones got missing and he was reported to the police for investigation.
He appeared before the Court and was convicted for four years but had served three years and seven months.
“I’m grateful, and please thank the Chief Justice for assigning Judges to come and review our convictions,” convict Edward Emmanuel told journalists after being released.
25-year-old Komba Suma was convicted for the offence of Wounding with Intent.
“I was sentenced for wounding my sister’s husband, David Kpaka at Wordu Sando,” the sentenced convict told the Court.
He served two years and eight months at the Sefadu Correctional Centre before being released.
The Prison Courts which commenced on the 21st day of September 2023 is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Judges have been assigned by the Honourable Chief Justice, His Lordship Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards to preside over cases inside the Correctional Centres in Mafanta, Kono, Makeni, Bo, Waterloo and the Pademba Road in Freetown. The purpose is to review cases at the Magistrates’ Courts.