2 Exhibits Missing In Blyden’s Case

By Mariama Hamadi

Two out of the six press releases tendered in court, together with other exhibits found in the premises of Dr. Olayinka Sylvia Blyden and Muckson Sesay are suspected to be missing.

The missing press releases were picked up by the presiding Magistrate, Hannah Bonnie when Prosecution Witness number three (PW3), Zainab Isatu Kamara was identifying the exhibits.

Shortly after the matter was mentioned yesterday for hearing, State Counsel Y.I Sesay docked his third Prosecution Witness.

Explaining in her Examination in Chief, Detective Police Constable Isatu Kamara attached to the major incident office, at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarter, said on the 22nd of May, 2020, she was on duty when Detective Superintendent Mohamed Kuruba Alieu handed over to her items which included laptops, mobile phones, documents and the photo of the former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma.

She said upon receiving the items, she prepared a list and later handed it over the items to the Exhibit Clerk at the CID, Detective Sergeant 1516 Conteh A for safe keeping.

PW3 was about to identify the exhibits serially when the Bench noticed that two out of six the press releases tendered in court as exhibits were missing.

In that light, the Bench stood the matter down in order for the Clerk to go in search of the remaining press releases.

Few minutes after the stand-down when the Bench questioned the Clerk as to whether she has seen the missing press releases, she responded on the negative.

Magistrate Bonnie in response intimated the defence that the Register who is responsible of court exhibits has been transferred to the Ross Road Court.

She said she will instruct the lady to come and look for the press releases and present them in court.

In continuation, State Counsel Y. I Sesay sought  the Bench leave for a long adjourned date on the grounds of business engagement.

Responding to the State Counsel, Counsel for 1st accused Charles Francis Margai said he is not averse to a date, but that he is looking forward for State Counsel to do the needful.

However, the matter was adjourned to the 14th of September 2020.