The presiding Magistrate of Pademba Road Court No.1, Magistrate Mark Ngegba yesterday Monday 12th December, 2022 withdrew the Freetown City Council (FCC) Mayor Yvonne Aki Sawyer’s alleged obstruction case for ruling on Friday 23rd December.

This development comes after the State Prosecutor Yusif Isaac Sesay Esq. served a reply of a written no-case submission to the Bench and the defense team.

Defense Counsel Melron Nicol Wilson Esq. intimated the Bench that he was directed by the lead Defense Lawyer Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara Esq. to add an oral submission to the written submission that was done on the previous hearing but was discarded.

Mayor Aki Sawyer was investigated for two counts charges of Obstruction of Police Duty contrary to Section 39 of the Police Act, 1964 Act No. 7, and Disorderly Behaviour contrary to Section 12(b) of the Public Order Act of 1965 as repealed and replaced by the Public Order (Amendment) (No. 2) Act No. 15 of 1973.

Police records showed that on Saturday 17th September, 2022 at the Airport) Police Division in Lungi, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom in Port Loko District, Mayor vonne Aki Sawyer obstructed Detective Sergeant 7966 Richard Junior Caulker and Corporal 12225 Fanta Fofanah when executing their lawful duties.

State Prosecutor Y. 1. Sesay led 4 witnesses in the matter before he closed the case for prosecution.

In his testimony, one of the prosecution witnesses, Detective Inspector Mohamed Jusu, a Cyber Analyst attached to the Cyber-Crime Unit at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters, presented and played video in court that allegedly depicted a disorderly behaviour of Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr.