Defence Counsel Melron Nicol- Wilson for the second accused in the Preliminary Investigation of murder against eight accused, yesterday made an application that the statement of the witnesses who have testified and will be testifyingshould be made available to the defence.
However, presiding Magistrate, Komba Kamanda of Court No. 2,overruled the application on the grounds that it does not apply in this case. The application was based on the criminal Procedure Act, section 190, subsection 1.
In response, the Magistrate said that the section that the defence counsel quoted, does not apply in this case.
The defence counsel made this application, after cross- examining P W 2 Aiah Senesie. In his cross-examination, the witness said that he met the second accused in the course of his business, which is dealing with car rental and purchase. He also testified that he facilitated the rental of a red Pathfinder vehicle to a white gentleman and a lady from South Africa.
The witness also told the court that the second accused told him that they wanted to sell the vehicle but he did not have any discussion on the purchase of the vehicle with the second accused. He recalled that sometime in October, the second accused told him that he wanted to sell the Pathfinder jeep but he had no idea whether he sold the vehicle or not. However, the witness said that he was given a commission for the rental of the Pathfinder.
In his testimony, the witness disclosed that he knew that the red Pathfinder jeep did not belong to the second accused but the first accused who is the mother.
He told the court that he had discussions with the second accused concerning his uncle’s car. The matter was adjourned to 22nd January for further hearing.
By Nancy Koroma