Magistrate reviews bail condition in Minister shooting case

Magistrate Marke Ngegba at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 on Pademba Road, on Friday 10th July 2020, reviewed the bail conditions earlier granted to three accused persons allegedly involved in a shooting incident at the Deputy Internal Affairs Minister’s residence. The decision followed a plea by lead defense counsel Rashid Dumbuya requesting Magistrate Ngegba to review the part of the bail condition requiring one of the sureties to present a title deed.

During the last hearing, Magistrate Ngegba had granted bail to Alie Sajah Foster, Victor Emmanuel Sesay and Michael Abass Turay demanding two sureties – one must be employed at a managerial level and the other must produce a title deed. Following Dumbuya’s plea, Magistrate Ngegba adjusted some of the conditions, including dropping the requirement that one of the sureties be employed at managerial level, adding that any employed person that have worked for at least three years could stand as surety.

Police alleged that on Saturday 1st February 2020, Foster, Sesay and Turay conspired with other individuals to murder the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Lahai Laurence Leema at his 14 Mina Drive, Juba residence, where first accused Alie Foster was shot in the leg. The three accused persons face a total of fourteen counts charges ranging from conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, riotous conduct, conspiracy to commit malicious damage, among others.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Barrie prosecuted the matter.

Magistrate Ngegba adjourned the matter to 23rd July 2020 for further hearing.

By Sulaiman Karim Sesay