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Magistrate Hannah Bonnie adjudicating over the Pademba Road Court N0.1 is still conducting a preliminary investigation into a matter in which one Ashraf Alakkad and three accused persons were recently remanded at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road in Freetown.

Ashraf Alakkad who is the Chief Executive Officer of Alakkad Service Centre at Wilkinson Road together with his co-accused persons are charged with the offences of Conspiracy and other grave Public Order Offences, contrary to law.

According to the charge Sheet when the matter was initially charged to court, the four accused persons were denied bail, but they have now been admitted to bail by the presiding magistrate, Hannah Bonnie after a formidable and in -tensed representation by senior and erudite legal luminaries.

Yesterday Wednesday 15 July this year, the matter came up for hearing before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie, but unfortunately the State Counsel J M S Bull told the court that her client was conspicuously absent in court to start his testimony.

She further submitted to the court that she telephoned the complainant for him to appear for his testimony, but his mobile phone was switched off and later requested for an adjournment. 

However, this situation did not go down well with one of the lawyers representing the four accused persons, Hindolo Miowo Gevao who stated in court that as defense team they would like the prosecution to bring forward their witnesses for the matter to be looked into expeditiously.

Barrister Gevao informed the court that it would have been very help to court, if the prosecution had at least bring forward one witness to kick start the trial process.

He submitted that the accused persons were the first people that reported the matter to the police, when the alleged fracas occurred at a meeting held at the popular Youths Sports Centre (YSC) in Freetown, but that the whole incident surprisingly took a u-turned against the accused persons, who were arrested and charged to court.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Hannah Bonnie adjourned the matter to Monday 27 July 2020 for further hearing.

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