The defense counsel in the alleged beach murder of Hannah Bockarie has applied for a discharge of the current jury panel in the matter. Ishmael Phillip Mamie made this application after the High Court on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown noted that only 9 out of 12 jurors were present on Monday 4th November 2019. Bockerie partially clad body was found along the Aberdeen Beach in the Western part of Freetown on 13th August 2015. The accused, Mohamed Lamin Kamara and Paul Korn have been incarcerated since the matter was charged to court about four years ago. Getting a complete jury panel to hear the matter continues to be a challenge for the court. Since the law provides that not less than 10 jurors should hear a particular matter, Mamie urged the court to discharge the current jury panel and empannel new once.
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The State prosecutor, Kabba Conteh did not agree to the application. He said when they had 10 jurors and wanted to progress with the matter it was the defense who objected to it. He said he should not now apply for a discharge of the matter. The presiding Justice John Bosco Alieu did not grant the application made by Mamie. He ordered that the accused be remanded in custody and adjourned the matter to 11th November 2019.
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
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