Magistrate Hannah Bonnie has encouraged Nasiru Kamara to seek legal aid if he is unable to employ the services of a lawyer for the three charges he faces in Court. She said the charges levied against the accused are very serious and he should endeavour to get legal representation. Magistrate Bonnie made this statement on Thursday 26th September 2019, in Court No. 1 on Pademba Road in Freetown. Inspector H.B.S. Roberts prosecuted the matter. She alleged that the accused wounded with intent and assaulted Aruna Kabba on Saturday 14th September 2019 in Goderich, contrary to Section 18, 20 and 47 of the Offences against the Person’s Act 1861.
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In his testimony before the Court, Aruna Kabba said on Saturday 14th September 2019, he was at home when he suspected the accused of stealing and selling his sand. He said he owned the sand with his friend, Bama Koh. The witness said he asked the accused to show him where he sold the sand so that they could go and take it back. He refused to go and a fight broke out. “Then, he injured me on my left thumb. When my friend came also they started fighting too. He began to injure him also. My elder sister came out and told us to stop. I went to stop him from hurting my friend, and then he took a sharp object maybe razor blade and cut me in my stomach. Blood oozed out and when I saw it I fell unconscious to the ground.” He said he was admitted at the Emergency Hospital. He made a statement to the Adonkia Police and was given a medical form. After his testimony, Magistrate Bonnie refused to allow the accused to cross-examine the witness to give him time to seek the services of a lawyer. Meanwhile, the prosecution intends to call four witnesses. The accused stood in the dock baffled about the proceeding. He is a cousin to the witness. He was granted bail of Le50 million and two sureties who should be resident in the Freetown Judicial District. The case was adjourned to Monday 30th September 2019.
By David Thoronka
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