Supreme Court Judge, Justice Alusine Sesay (JSC) has today concluded proceedings of over 43 criminal cases brought before the High Court marking -the official High Court Call Over and opening of the Criminal calendar.
The ‘High Court Call Over’ looks into cases which have gone through Preliminary Investigations at the Magistrate Courts and have been committed to the High Court for trials. It as well looks into fresh indictments from the Law Officer’s Department for onward assignment to various judges.
The cases before the court range from Murder, Manslaughter, Conspiracy, Robbery with Aggravation, Larceny, House Breaking, Sexual Penetration, Wounding with Intent and Dangerous Driving among others.
During the call over, Justice Sesay sentenced 16 convicts accordingly for various offences for which they pleaded guilty and discharged one Abdul Karim Kargbo who had died at the Correctional Centre on Pademba Road. Kargbo was remanded for the offence of Robbery with Violence.
The judge, on the other hand, convicted 23-year-old Driver, Ishmael Bendu for the offence of Motor Manslaughter and sentenced to five (5) years imprisonment including time spent on remand after he pleaded guilty to the killing of one Victor Mansaray.
Bendu was alleged to have on the 18th day of January 2023 at Freetown, in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone being the driver in control of Mercedes Benz truck with registration number AUQ-837, did unlawfully kill Victor.
Also, 32-year-old Driver, Mohamed Bangura was also convicted of the offence of Motor Manslaughter for which he was sentenced to five (5) years imprisonment including time spent on remand after he pleaded guilty to killing one Francis Selenga.
Bangura admitted to have on the 22nd day of April 2023 at Freetown, in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone being the Motor Bike Rider in control of Bajaj Motor Bike with registration number ATP-826, did unlawfully kill Francis.
A 24-year-old Mason, Alhaji Idrissa Alias “Kartel” who pleaded to a one Count Charge of Store Breaking and Larceny was sentenced to two (2) years imprisonment including time spent.
The particulars of offence stated that the convict on the 10th day of August, 2022, at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone broke and entered the store of Howard Kumasi building materials including Fifty Bags of Cement all valued Twenty Thousand and Fifty Leones (NLe20,050) being the property of Howard Kumasi.
The cases were prosecuted by a team of lawyers from the Law Officer’s Department headed by Lawyer A. J. M. Bockarie while the accused persons were defended by lawyers from Legal Aid Board headed by Lawyer Cecilia Tucker.