Justice Ernest Gooding of the High Court of Freetown yesterday Wednesday June 14th 2017 has sentence one Tamba Koroma to nineteen (19) year imprisonment because the court found him guilty of killing his blood brother Foray Koroma with a stick.
Honourable Justice Ernest Gooding said that the convict Tamba Koroma struck his step brother Foray Koroma on the head on the 5thJuly 2015, and was eventually confirmed dead at the Connaught hospital three days after the incident.
He added that Tamba Koroma argued in court that the deceased Foray Koroma a 19 year old carpenter left home without his permission so he decided to punish him on his return.
The convict Tamba Koroma was initially standing trial for murder, but he denied the allegation but on the 8th February 2017, after the charge was reduced to manslaughter he admitted to the court that he killed his brother with a stick.
In his statement to the police, the convict Tamba Koroma argued that he had initially wanted to punish the 19 year old with ten strokes of cain lashes but the deceased took a knife, attacked and wanted to stab him. He added that as they continue to struggle he eventually hit the deceased Foray Koroma with a stick on his neck and head.
The police say the convict displayed no sign of remorse after killing the deceased. It was reported that the convict said that the deceased deserved what he got because he acted like an animal.
In her plea mitigation the defence counsel for the accused person, Sonia Brown, pleaded with the Judge to tamper justice with mercy as the convict is a first time offender.
She said that the convict is remorseful of his actions and he is now ready to change.
“He is not only saying sorry to the court, he is also saying sorry to the family,” Lawyer Brown said.
The judge slamming his judgment said even though there is no evidence to show the convict is a first time offender, he holds that he is willing, as claimed by his lawyer, to change.
He said the convict had no right whatsoever to chastise his younger brother who is way above the age of 18 years.
“To me anybody above the age of 18 has the free will to his or her life from parents, let alone elder brother,” the judge said.
He said the brother has no rights to muzzle and impose corporal punishment on the deceased. The convict exhibited an unnecessary tension by attacking the deceased and in the event killed him.
The Judge reading the testimony of the pathologist Dr. Simeon Owiz Koroma, said that it was clearly mentioned that the deceased died because of excessive flow of blood to his brain.
The excessive flow of blood the judge quoting the doctor said was caused by the stick the convict used to strike the deceased.
“I therefore find you guilty of manslaughter and sentence you to 19 years imprisonment,” said Justice Gooding.
The judge noted that there is no punishment commensurate to the loss of one’s life he admonishes all to take the sentence as a warning.
The judge said he slammed the judgement with the consideration of the atrocities youths have been causing in society with guns, knives and bottles.
He however hinted that the accused person is lucky as the punishment for manslaughter, which is the killing of another without intent or malice, is life imprisonment.
The matter was prosecuted by state prosecutors OV Mason Junior and L.O.R.D. Jones.
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