FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Pastor David Karim has been remanded in custody following allegations that he wounded his neighbor, John Baimba. He appeared before Magistrate Sahr Kekura at Ross Road Court No. 1 in Freetown, facing charges related to wounding with intent.
The ordained Man of God stands accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm on his neighbor, John Baimba. The charge sheet indicates that on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at No. 18B Colon Street, Wellington, in Freetown, Pastor Karim assaulted and wounded the complainant, John Baimba, thereby causing him grievous bodily harm.
Testifying in court, the second prosecution witness, Joseph Lansana, a resident of Wellington, recalled that on the day of the alleged incident, he and Baimba were sitting outside their apartment, discussing national issues when he left to take a bath.
The witness told the Court that while he was bathing, the accused showed up and pointed a torchlight at him. When he inquired as to why the accused did so, the accused allegedly rained insults on him and started throwing stones. “In the process, one of the stones he threw hit the complainant, Baimba, in the forehead, causing serious head injuries,” the witness explained.
Lansana also told the Court that he attempted to restrain Karim, but Baimba’s wife advised him to take Baimba to the Wellington Police Station, where both of them made statements. At the police station, Baimba was issued a medical request form, which he used to access medical care, as he was bleeding from his wounds.
After the testimony, defence counsel, Alie Santos Sesay, applied for the cross-examination to be deferred and also requested bail for his client. However, Magistrate Kekura rejected the bail request and remanded Karim. He adjourned the matter to October 17, 2023, for the cross-examination of the witness. SKS/13/10/2023