Justice Mary Sey has assured remand prisoners, who have been in custody for quite a long time now in Port Loko, that their cases would be fast tracked.
The Gambian born Judge, who was presiding over the district’s high court first session in almost three years, lauded the 41 jurors for availing themselves in spite of the prevailing constraints they were faced with.
Hon Justice Sey has about a dozen cases relating to fraudulent conversion, wounding, manslaughter, murder and unlawful carnal knowledge to handle during the session.
During last week’s maiden session the Judge was informed by state counsel A.S. Allieu, on the directive of the Chief Justice, that murder and other serious offences should be tried in July, when a defence counsel would have been provided for the accused persons. The first matter that came up for hearing was that relating to carnal knowledge in which one Issa Sesay was arraigned after he was alleged that he sexually abused a 12 year-old girl in August 2003 at his residence.
Two witnesses testified on his first appearance after he made a plea of not guilty, and was remanded in custody pending further hearing into the matter.