Justice Alusine Sesay has withdrawn the file of Chi Shu Liang for sentencing, after the Chinese national pleaded guilty to the offence of wounding with intent.
The accused Liang who admitted to the offence through an interpreter, Nathaniel Morgan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was accused initially by the State of wounding with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Awoko reports The particulars of offence states that Chi Shu Liang on Sunday 31st January 2021 at Murray Town, Freetown maliciously wounded both Zaung and Tang, his Chinese colleagues with intent to cause them grievous bodily harm. He was charged with two counts of wounding with intent contrary to Law.
The indictment further states the accused on the same date and place assaulted both complainants in a manner occasioning them actual bodily harm.
When the charges were read to him by the Court Registrar, in his maiden appearance at the High Court, the accused pleaded guilty to the aforementioned offences immediately and pleaded for mercy.
However, Justice Sesay said the offence committed by Liang is grave and he needed to see the two complainants that reported the matter to the police. “We are easily misunderstood and I will take my time in this,” Justice Sesay said.
The investigating officer, told the Court that both accused persons are currently in China, based on the information he got whiles doing his investigation on the said matter.
The accused, who is a 44 year old Store Keeper, has been in Sierra Leone for only eight months and has been in detention for over four months. In that regard, Justice Sesay withdrew the file for sentencing.