Addressing members of the jury otherwise known as the reasonable men of the world, before the presiding Judge handed down his judgment, the Principal State Prosecutor, Adrian Fisher intimated the court that the evidence adduced during the trial indicated that there is no dispute that the deceased, James Allieu Kamara was stabbed to death with a knife on his neck by the convict.
He further informed the court that the convict did not even deny that he was the one that stabbed the deceased to death with a knife on his neck.
Barrister Adrian Fisher went on to inform the court that the testimony of the first prosecution witness, Obai Kargbo clearly stated that he went with the deceased James Allieu Kamara to a popular youth spot called Alosak around the Guard Street area.
According to him, Obai Kargbo testified that on arrival at Alosak, the deceased, James Allieu Kamara bought ten thousand Leones hash drug, and they were enjoying it, when the convict, Osman Kamara rudely approached them and demanded a draw of the hash drug from the deceased.
He said Obai Kargbo further testified that the deceased told the convict that he was not in the mood to share his hash drug, as it is very expensive.
Obai Kargbo also told the court that the convict left the scene and later returned with three of his accomplices, and together they forced their will on the deceased and later put up a fight.
The evidence of Obai Kargbo also revealed that whilst the fight was raging; he did see one of the convict’s accomplices passing over a knife to him, which he used to stab the deceased, James Allieu Kamara on his neck.
Court records further indicate that after the convict had stabbed the deceased, he then jumped over a wall fence together with his accomplices, but they were later arrested and detained at the Eastern Police Station.
Whilst they were in custody at the Eastern Police Station, the convict told the police to release his accomplices and hold him responsible for the death of James Allieu Kamara.
Adrian Fisher also reminded members of the jury to take into account the testimony of the Government Consultant Pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma who testified that the death of James Allieu Kamara is not accidental, but homicidal. He concluded by urging members of the jury to return a verdict of guilty against the convict.
On her part, Counsel for the convict, Cecilia Tucker from the Legal Aid Board argued that the convict did not stab the deceased with the intention to kill him.
She added that the evidence of the formal witness stated that the deceased was in the habit of provoking the convict by calling him nick names like ‘Tolo Ebola”, and that the convict had complained to officers at the Mabella Police Post, who had warned the deceased to desist from persistently provoking the convict, she said.
At this stage of the proceeding, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Ansumana Ivan Sesay ordered members of the jury to retire into a secluded room within the law court building to determine their verdict.
Members of the jury later returned with a verdict of guilty against James Allieu Kamara. In like manner, with the jury’s verdict, Hon. Justice Ansumana Ivan Sesay sentenced the convict, James Allieu Kamara to death by hanging.