The conspicuous absence of the Director of Public Prosecution, Oladipo Robin Mason in the trial of ten F.B.C students for the alleged murder of Mohamed Juana has forced presiding Magistrate Steven Conteh to give the DPP an ultimatum.
Among the ten accused persons that were arraigned in court No 1 on Tuesday 10th March are students and workers.
One of the defense lawyers representing the accused, Melron Nicol Wilson made an application for the accused to be discharged due to the continuous absence of the Director of Public Prosecution who is responsible to prosecute the accused persons.
He further argued that it is against the law to continue keeping the accused in prison while their trial is being delayed in court.
Hindolo N. Ngevao who is also part of the defence team brought to the notice of the court that some of the accused were gainfully employed and he is apprehensive that they might lose their jobs if the court continues to keep them in prison.
The accused have already spent over three months at Pademba Road prison and the prosecution is still struggling to speedily present it case.
After listening carefully to the defence argument, Magistrate Steven Conteh gave the prosecution Thursday 12th February to continue their prosecution or he will discharge the accused persons.