By Solomon Sampson
Justice Monfred Sesay of the Freetown High Court has Tuesday, 3rd November called for an investigation between his Registrar, Alfred Conteh of the High Court and the Senior Bailiff Officer, Ibrahim Samura.
This investigation came into being when a case of causing grievous bodily harm was mention by the registrar before the Judge and the accused was absent in court after the Judge has ordered a bench warrant for the accused to be brought before the court for trial.
Justice Monfred Sesay states that he has ordered that a bench warrant be issued to arrest the accused person so that he should be brought before the court to stand his trial.
He made the order since the 3rd March, 2020 when the matter was brought before him for the first time.
Justice Sesay asked his Registrar, Alfred Conteh if he issued the bench warrant to the bailiff officer and he reply in the positive and even show the Judge photocopies of the warrant he made.
Summoning the bailiff before the Judge, he denied receiving the warrant and he checked through his book where he normally write names of those that are to be arrested but the name of the accused was not found.
Justice Monfred Sesay then summon the Master and Registrar of the High Court, Elaine Thomas Archibald and explained the matter to her and order her to investigate the matter and told her that if any of the two are found guilty disciplinary actions will be taken against them.
The accused was arraigned before the court on a count of causing grievous bodily harm contrary to Section 18 of the Offence Against the Person Act 1861.
The particular of offence indicated that the accuse, Mohamed Lamin Samura, on 15th February 2019 at Freetown cause grievous body harm to Isata Bangura with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.
The matter was adjourned to the 10th November, 2020.