By Sahr Eric George
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The murder trial of Mohamed Jakitay, a resident of Calaba Town accused of the alleged murder of his cousin Ibrahim Jakitay in Waterloo, reached a crucial juncture with the testimony of John Amara Marquee, a police officer, as the sixth official witness in the case.
Accused of conspiring with unidentified individuals to commit the murder, Jakitay’s trial commenced with police officer Marquee testifying in court on December 11th.
Marquee, who was led in examination by police prosecutor Inspector Tamba Sellu, recounted receiving a transfer file related to the alleged murder case of Ibrahim Jakitay on August 22, 2023. As part of the evidence collected, Marquee mentioned receiving the complainant’s statement, witness statements, the accused person’s statement, along with a kitchen knife, a bag, an Android phone, and the certificate citing the cause of death.
Detailing his actions upon receiving the files and exhibits, Marquee informed the court of recording and securely preserving them in police custody since the acquisition. He expressed his intention to submit these files and exhibits as evidence pertinent to the case.
In court, Marquee presented the aforementioned statements for identification purposes and tendered them, including the charge statement taken from Jakitay during their custody.
Muctar Rashid, the lead defense lawyer for Jakitay, sought a deferment for the cross-examination due to the substantial number of files introduced by the prosecution.
Consequently, Magistrate Aiah Mark Ngegba adjourned the proceedings to December 19th, granting time for the defense to conduct the cross-examination of Officer Marquee in light of the voluminous evidence tendered.
The court’s session marked another significant step in the ongoing trial, highlighting the meticulous collection and presentation of crucial evidence in the pursuit of justice. SEG/12/12/2023