An apprentice driver, Sheriff Forana has been remanded at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre for allegedly killing, former Leone Stars midfielder, Alphajor Mamadu Bah when he overran him with a truck along Peninsular Road.
The accused is arraigned before Magistrate Santigie Bangura at the Pademba Road Court No.5, facing five counts criminal charges bordering on motor manslaughter, dangerous driving, driving without owners consent, driving without license, and driving when not covered by third party insurance risk.
The prosecution led by Sergeant Sahr Dauda Kaku alleged that the accused on Wednesday 21st October 2016 in the early hours of 8pm along Peninsular Road, Adonkia in Freetown, being the driver of a Mercedes Truck with registration number AKX592 did hit, ruptured and killed late Alphajor Mamadu Bah.
Sergeant Kaku told the Magistrate not to think of granting the accused bail because he was on the run and has been on the police wanted list for some weeks before he was arrested.
“It was extremely difficult for the police to apprehend him after committing the offence,” he explained, adding “after several underground searches, the police at the Adonkia Police Division nabbed him.”
He told the magistrate that the accused was a flight risk who would escape the trial if granted bail. The accused Sheriff Forana has no solicitor to represent him in court, despite the trumpeted Legal Aid Board in the country.
However, Magistrate Bangura advised the accused to hire the services of a lawyer in his own interest before the prosecution witnesses start testifying in the matter.
“I cannot grant you bail because you are charged with very serious criminal offenses,” he vowed, “it’s highly possible that you will jump bail and prevent the trial from reaching its logical conclusion if you are release on bail.” The matter was adjourned to the 3rd November 2016.