On Wednesday 2nd October 2019, a farmer was sentenced to life in prison after admitting to killing his wife. High Court Justice Momoh-Jah Stevens sentenced Alusine Karbgo to life for killing Augusta Macauley. In June 2019, Kargbo appeared before the Judge at the Siaka Stevens Street High Court in Freetown for the first time and admitted to killing Augusta Macauley, the deceased. Justice Stevens said the State prosecutor, J.B. Kamara should prepare a manslaughter indictment because it was difficult to empanel jurors. Correctional officers led Kargbo into the Court on Wednesday morning dressed in short black trousers and a faded multi-color cotton rappel shirt. He walked into the dock when his name was announced. His eyes became red and the veins on his forehead bulged as the State prosecutor addressed the Court. The State prosecutor presented to the court an application for an amendment of the charge as well as an application for the accused to be tried by judge alone instead of a judge and jury. Justice Stevens requested a brief of the facts of the case.
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Kamara told the court that the convict and the deceased had been living together for eleven years and they had two children. Their relationship was going on smoothly until after the second child. They had series of quarrels as the convict alleged that the deceased was cheating on him. When the situation became persistent, the deceased moved from the convict’s house and went to live with her family. On 29th October 2019, at about 8:00 p.m, she was at her business place where the accused Kargbo met her. They had another fight. Members of the public intervened and stopped them. When the deceased was about to go home, the convict insisted on escorting her to her village stating he was calm enough to go with her. The following morning along Cemetery Road Russell Village, Waterloo, the corpse of the deceased was discovered in a pool of blood. Her two breasts were mutilated and her throat deeply cut. Kargbo was arrested. He admitted to the offence stating that he had an accomplice. Following the facts presentation, the defense counsel Morrison Karimu from the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board pleaded with the judge to be considerate in handing down his sentence on the convict. He assured the Court that the accused was now reformed and was deeply remorseful. He also reminded the judge that the children of the parties need their father. Justice Stevens said it was good for the convict to remain with the State.
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
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