Lawyer Joseph Konowa Lansana is not a happy man at this moment in his life due to his challenged behavior as drama unfolded yesterday morning at Kissy east end of Freetown when Police of the Kissy Division arrested the erudite barrister Joseph Konowa Lansana for alleged Gender based violent acts against his wife Mrs Jeneba Lansana.
The arrested lawyer was disgracefully whisked to the Kissy Police station for “failing to adhere to a warrant issued earlier” by the Police and “he had been recalcitrant to respond to the Police”.
The barrister was locked up in a stinky cramped cell that has little or no ventilation; he was sweating profusely in his black coat with his face beaming with apparent embarrassment and unbelief as he sought things out wilt fellow inmates in the cell.
Police officers at the Kissy Division Family Support Unit obtained statements from the accused Lawyer. He seemed emotionally touched yesterday as he read his statements in tears bending down his head in apparent shame with his hands on his cheek as onlookers peeped through the window.
Most of the onlookers say they had known the Lawyer and his wife for quite a long time, and they were shocked and disappointed over the alleged act of the lawyer.
The accused Lawyer is alleged to have beaten up his wife mercilessly and asked her to vacate his premises.
The alleged victim (Mrs Lansana) reportedly ran for help to neighbors where the accused is alleged to have further pursued her until she fled for refuge to an undisclosed location.
Jeneba Lansana has allegedly been under constant threat, harassment, intimidations and humiliation to her woman hood by her husband.
She is reportedly suffering from internal bleeding and pains all over her body and she lamented that her womanhood has been battered.
However the appearance of a legal luminary behind bars elicited mixed reactions from the public questioning the action of public defenders of the law seemingly perpetrating human right abuses.
The Human Rights Commission, International Rescue Committee (IRC) Gender Based Violence units and other local and international Human Rights Organizations have expressed keen interest in the matter and have confided in AWOKO that they intend to follow up the matter in court to ensure Justice prevails.
One onlooker praised the action of the Police saying this shows that “no one – not even lawyers – are above the law anymore.”