Justice Alusine Sesay of the Freetown High Court Tuesday threatened a juror with an Anti-Corruption Commission investigation.

Supreme Court Building Sierra Leone

Ibrahim Bangura is part of the jury hearing facts of the murder trial of Fatmata Moijueh Tucker, who was charged with the alleged murder of her late boyfriend, Saidu Bangura at the Sufizan Guest House in Lungi, in the Port Loko District, northern Sierra Leone.

Juror Bangura was absent in court on the day in question, thus bringing a halt to the proceedings.

The angry judge said the court would not countenance such behaviour from any juror, and threatened to ask the anti-graft agency to investigate him and charge him if he continues to be absent in court.

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“This is not the first time this juror has been absent in court and I had severally sent his colleagues to him and even issued bench warrant for him. I don’t know why he is not in court and I must say that one man cannot hold this court to ransom,” he fumed, adding that the behaviour of jurors was giving the court a bad reputation as to delayed trials.

It remains unclear though whether it is within the mandate of the ACC to “investigate and charge jurors” for repeatedly being absent in court.