Principal Magistrate Jails 4 in connection with August 10 riot

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 Principal Magistrate Mark Ngegba, has sentenced four (4) accused persons to twenty-one (21) months imprisonment for various offences related to the August 10 protest. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th accuse persons, Lamin Kessebeh, Alhaji Kamara, Buya Sesay, Mohamed Sesay and Foday Bangura were before the Court to answer to three counts. Disorderly behavior contrary to the Public Order Act of 1965, Riotous Conduct as repealed and replaced by Section 12(a) of Act No. 15 of 1973, and throwing Missiles contrary to Section 6 of the Public Order Act 1965.

It is alleged that the accused persons on Wednesday 10th August, 2022 in Lungi, North-West of Sierra Leone rioted and behaved in a disorderly manner and were found throwing missiles. Addressing the Court, Principal Magistrate Magistrate Mark Ngegba said the Prosecution should be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused persons committed the offences charged with no single doubt.

During trial, the Magistrate said the Prosecution witnesses testified on oath to satisfy the required burden of proof and were each cross-examined by the Defense.

“Having therefore given the consideration to the evidence in its entirety and in line with the legal authorities cited, I therefore hold as follows: that the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th accused are each found guilty on all counts,” Magistrate Mark Ngegba said, adding that sentencing to run concurrently. He said the 5th accused is not found guilty on all counts. He acquitted and discharged.

Principal Magistrate Jails 4 in connection with August 10 riot
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