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The accused were charged with the offences of Conspiracy to murder and murder, contrary to Section 4 of offences against person’s act, of 1861 of the laws of Sierra Leone.

Accused person indictments indicated that they conspired with unknown individuals to murder Patrick Bangura at his N0.7 Upper Tengbeh Town residence, in the west part of the country’s capital Freetown, between the dates of 10 April, 2016 and 12 April 2016.

Before the charges were put fresh to the accused, the court empanelled a twelve man committee of jurors, after they were administered on an oath to provide auxiliary judicial services, by assisting the court to determine offences, such as murder and other sensitive state matter brought against accused in the dock.

Although no evidence was led, but the lead state prosecutor,  J.M.S.Bull gave vivid and brief background of the circumstances surrounding the killing of the deceased Patrick Bangura by the accused, stating that the three accused were charged to court on two counts, conspiracy to murder and murder contrary to the country’s  laws.

She told the court that Demoh Bangura happened to be the sister of the deceased, Patrick Bangura, her husband Shollay Val Renner together with David Sesay allegedly conspired with other unknown persons to murder Patrick Bangura at his dwelling home.

Barrister Bull assured the court that the prosecution was well prepared to proceed with the trial of the accused, and that they already had three witnesses to testify in the trail process, stressing that the evidence indicated that the deceased, Patrick Bangura was murdered and dumped into a local latrine pit at his aforementioned residence.

She went further to informed journalists, jury and litigants that during the police investigation, they thoroughly searched the residence of the first accused person, Demoh Bangura, who happened to share the same residence with her brother, the deceased; the police discovered five empty sacks with blood stain in Demoh freezer.

Based on the evidences collected at the police investigation, the matter was charged to court, and later committed to the high court for further trial, the third accused person, David Sesay, who claimed to be the caretaker of 7 Upper Tengbeh Town, where Patrick Bangura was murdered, but residing at 9 Upper Tengbeh Town, a few distance from the deceased residence, was arrested and charged to court together with the two accused persons.

She also admonished the jury as she called them reasonable men of the world to demonstrate their sacred civic responsibility, by ensuring their punctuality, as that would assist the prosecution to speed up with the trail process. 

After carefully listening to Lawyer Bull remarks, the presiding judge John Bocso Allieu wasted no time to grant bail to the third accused, David Sesay in sum of two hundred and fifty million leones including one surety in like sum.

The conditionality bail also indicated that surety must be a residential citizen in the western area of Freetown, must  produce national passport, and surety  must be a property owner within the Freetown judicial district, in the republic of Sierra Leone, and bail to be validated by the Master and Registrar of the court.

Justice John Bosco Allieu further ordered both the first and second accused, who are husband and wife to be relocated to their respective state detention centres in the west part of Freetown, and adjourned the matter to Monday 6 March, 2017.

The state was represented by J.M.S Bull, A.T.Rogers and A.Kargbo, whiles the first accused person was defended by Lawyer Ishmael Philip Mammie, and the second and third accused persons were represented by Lawyer C.Taulker of the legal Aid Board.

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