Justice Monfred Sesay of the High Court of Freetown has slated February 24th 2021, to give his verdict in an alleged murder trial involving one Foday Jusu Yambasu, who allegedly killed Sorie Kamara on 11th September 2018,at Goderich in Freetown.
After the prosecution had closed its case, the trial judge told the accused person to open his defence and thereby explained to him the three available options to do so. According to Justice Sesay that the accused can testify from the dock, take the witness stand and testify on oath or rely on his earlier statement he made to the police.
Yamabasu preferred to stick with the last option by relying on the statement he made to the police, as he didn’t want any witness or witnesses to testify in his defence in the aforesaid matter.
During his closing address, the State Prosecutor Joseph A.K. Sesay told the Judge and the jury that the accused was charged with one count of murder contrary to the Law.
Lawyer Sesay said he tendered several exhibits and summoned seven prosecution witnesses, including the Government Consultant Pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, who established the causes of death.
He maintained that the deceased died after the accused had hit him with a cutlass on his head, which resulted to his death on the 14th September, 2018.
Lawyer Sesay underscored that the wife of the deceased said in her testimony in Court that he was with her in the house, when their daughter came home with tears, complaining that the accused had flogged her. She said her husband went straight to the accused’s house and later returned with an injury on his head.
Mr Sesay added that on 11th September, 2018, the accused together with other persons unknown attacked the deceased at Goderich and killed him with a cutlass.
He also disclosed that the third Prosecution Witness had unveiled what transpired between the accused and the victim, stressing that it was the accused that hit him with a cutlass on his head.
In his response the Defence Counsel, from Legal Aid Board outlined the burden of proof which he said rests on the prosecution’s shoulders.
He argued that the persons the victim’s wife saw that fateful day, were not at the scene where the alleged crime was committed.
According to the State on the 11th and 12th September 2018, at Hill Cut Road in Freetown, the accused conspired with other persons unknown to commit murder and did murder Sorie Kamara.
The accused was later remanded at the Male Correctional Centre by Justice Sesay and the matter was adjourned for judgement on 24th February 2021.