High Court Criminal Sessions in Kailahun town presided over by Justice AS Allieu commenced on 31st August 2020.
20 matters scheduled for hearings and 4 of the accused pleaded guilty on arraignment. They were all charged with Sexual Penetration.
Evidence was taken in respect of the others and adjourned subsequently.
Of the 20 matters that were scheduled for day I,19 were Sexual Penetration and 1 murder resulting from an act of Sexual Penetration. Another 20 matters are schedule for Day II.
“Bringing justice to the doorsteps of residents of respective localities is very fundamental to my leadership and the proposed Criminal Sessions of the High Court will create the opportunity for justice to be meted out in the respective localities within the shortest possible time,” said Hon. Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards.
This is the second time that Criminal Sessions of the High Court are being held outside the regular jurisdictions of Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Makeni and Kono for this year in areas such as Kailahun, Pujehun, Moyamba, Mattru Jong, Port Loko and Kabala, the first being in February to March this year.
As part of this second round of Criminal Sessions of the High Court in the provinces, Tonkolili-Magburaka will be holding Sessions for the very first time like what happened with Mattru-Jong, Kabala, Pujehun and Kailahun in February to March 2020.