SIERRA LEONE, Freetown: After he failed to appear in court on several adjournments, Magistrate Sahr Kekura at the Pademba Road Court No. 1 in Freetown sent popular musician, Alhaji Amadu Bah, Aka LAJ, back to prison over alleged disorderly behavior.
LAJ was before the Court on assault on police contrary to section 39 of the police Act No.7 of 1964, disorderly behavior contrary to section 12 of the public order Act No.46 of 1965 as repealed and replaced by Section 12 (a) of Act No15 of 1973 and Riotous conduct contrary to Section 12(a) of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965 as repealed and replaced by Act No15 of 1973. When the matter was mentioned in court the accused person and his sureties were absent.
According to the indictment, the accused, on Saturday 17th July 2021 at the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters custody facility on Pademba road in Freetown assaulted Police constable 12636 Joseph Lamboi whilst in due execution of his lawful duties. On Count two on the same date at the same place the accused person did behave in a disorderly manner and behave in a riotous manner.
Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) noted that he had led two witnesses, but had not any in yesterday’s sitting. Defense counsel urged that the prosecution close its case, but refused and disclosed that they are intending to lead more witnesses.
LAJ had earlier been granted bail but had not been coming to court ever since. During yesterday’s court sitting, his lawyer, M. Sesay said his client was ill and was accompanied to the provinces for medication. He therefore requested for bail for his client.
However, Magistrate Kekura maintained that what LAJ did amounts to criminal contempt, for if he is ill, he should have sent his surety. He added that he had earlier admonished LAJ to keep the peace, but he did not adhere. He remanded him and adjourned the matter to the 28th December 2021. SKS/23/12/2021