On Thursday 23rd January 2020, Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Court no. 2 on Pademba Road in Freetown refused to grant the application made by lawyer, Melron C. Wilson to discharge the murder case against his clients, Abu Bakarr Daramy and Herbert Akieremi George Williams, for want of prosecution. Wilson argued that both accused be discharged for want of prosecution. He said that there have been undue delays on the part of the prosecution. The preliminary investigation into the murder allegation by the Magistrate Court should have been concluded within a very short time, Wilson said. He therefore prayed to the Court to discharge the matter against his clients for lack of progress by the prosecution. The lawyer cited Section 94 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1965 and paragraph 5 of the Code of Conduct of Prosecution for Law Officers. Meanwhile, Magistrate Mark Ngegba said he is not going to be told what to do by members of the Bar. He said at the last adjourned date, the prosecution and defense counsels asked for a date and time that was convenient to them. He said he will not allow that in his Court.
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The accused looked despondent but determined as they stood in the dock viewed by a courtroom packed with reporters and a large gallery. State counsel, Adrian Fisher was late for the hearing and it sparked an angry reaction from his colleagues on the other side of the bar. Abu Bakarr Daramy, the spokesperson for the All People’s Congress (APC) in Western Area and Herbert George Williams, the former Mayor of Freetown City Council and now Acting APC Chair for the Western area are accused of murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. The police allege the accused, on Saturday 31 March 2018, at the Lumley Round About, conspired and murdered Ibrahim Samura, a journalist and editor of the New Age newspaper. The case was adjourned to Tuesday 28th January 2020.
By David Thoronka
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