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Sierra Leone News: Forensic analyst testifies in Kamarainba’s case

The first and second accused, Mohamed Bangura and Presidential aspirant, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), made their fourth appearance in Court on Thursday 13 July 2017. The presiding Magistrate George Bobor Samai, in Segbwema, oversaw the case of Assault and Wounding Causing Bodily Harm and Possession of Small Arms without Lawful Authority.
The Court was full of ADP supporters dressed in their party T-shirts bearing photos of Mansaray while other supporters, shouting and singing and praising, were kept a distance from the courtroom by police officers.
The prosecutor, State counsel and customary law officer, east, Umu Sumara, presented seven witnesses testifying against the accused persons. The prosecutor will close their case tomorrow, Friday 14 July 2017 after presenting the balance four witnesses, including the exhibit officer.
Then the defense will resume their case.
There was a heated argument between prosecutor Umu Sumara and the lead defense lawyer Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, which resulted in a 30-minute stand down. References were made, from the prosecution, about the defence lawyer’s mother. The Magistrate threatened to arrest the defence lawyer for wasting the Court’s time with meaningless objections.
One of the witnesses, Sergeant 7737 Joseph Abubakar Sanu, forensic analyst and ballistics expert attached to scientist support unit at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters on Pademba Road in Freetown, said the Zap stun gun can be used as a striking weapon and that the strobe light will disturb the vision of victims. He described it as a small arm because according to him it has all the characteristics of small arms.
Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai and Pawusu I. Bangura were the defense lawyers. The matter was adjourned to Friday 14 July 2017.
SM/13/7/17
By Saffa B. Moriba
Friday July 14, 2017.

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