Magistrate Mark of the Pademba Road Court No.1 yesterday Monday 22nd August 2022, refused bail and remanded the accused Kasim Watffa for the alleged murder of Staff Sergeant of RSLAF Mahmoud Barrie.

The accused Kasim Watffa is under preliminary investigation for four count offenses ranging from murder, wounding, and assault contrary to law.

According to the particulars of offense, on Tuesday 17th May 2022 at Davies Drive, Hill station in Freetown the accused murdered Staff Sergeant 18172012 Mamoud Barrie.

The accused also maliciously wounded and assaulted Sergeant 18181414, Samuel Tucker, in a manner thereby occasioning actual bodily harm.

It could be recalled that on the 12th July 2022, Magistrate Ngegba granted an application made by the Defense Counsel Francis Gabbidon Esq., that the accused be sent to the Kissy Psychiatric hospital for 30 days for the accused to be observed or treated, since being alleged of unsound mind.

However, during yesterday’s hearing, the Defense Counsel informed the Court that the order of the Bench has not been complied with. He, therefore, urged the Bench for the prison to act upon the said order.

Having heard his submission, Magistrate Ngegba, therefore, instructed the Prosecutor and the Deputy Assistant Registrar (DAR) to do a follow-up at the Psychiatric hospital and the Correctional Centre for the accused to be examined as against Monday 29th August 2022.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Christiana Davies Cole was the Prosecutor.