Justice Abdulai Fofanah, the presiding Judge over a murder trial between seven Fire Force workers and the Inspector General of Police, on Friday at the Freetown High Court No2 issued a bench warrant for one of the twelve jurors.
Addressing the jurors, Justice Fofanah told them that it was a civic duty which was binding on them.
He stated that, “if a juror is absent in court he/she should write to the court and states the reason for his/her absence…we are all here to perform our duties”.
Justice Fofanah maintained that the presence of jurors was important in all trials and therefore must be present in court at all times.
The Justice emphasized that, “it is heart rendering when lawyers are in court and jurors are absent, this will hinder the progress of the case”.
He admonished them that, “any Juror who is absent in court without any substantial reason will face the law and he/she will be dealt with according”.
Adding his voice to this the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Oladipo Robin Mason, said the offence before the court was a capital one and needed full compliments.
Responding, one of the jurors informed the court that the twelfth juror who was absent was in court in the morning hours but didn’t know her whereabouts. Because of the twelfth juror’s absence Justice Fofanah adjourned the matter to August 21.