By Augustine James
It has been confirmed that Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of Freetown Magistrate Court number 1 and Magistrate Isata Sellu-Tucker of Bo Magistrate Court number 1 have had their Chambers broken into by thieves over the weekend. Magistrate Hannah Bonnie who is dealing with political matters and some other serious matters, reported that she has been receiving threats from different unknown people through her WhatsApp page.
Speaking to NewsWatch, the Public Relations Officer of the Sierra Leone Judiciary, Moses L Kamara confirmed the two incidents in Bo and Freetown. He added that as of now, they cannot tell exactly what happened because police are currently investigating the matters. He also said that the two Magistrate Courts are both headed by women and therefore, some unknown people want to give them reasons to bend justice.
“The judiciary is not afraid of such acts and the Chief Justice is seriously concerned about the security of his Magistrates and Judges all over the country. We are closely working with the Police to bring the culprits to book and deal with them accordingly,” he said.
Head of Operations at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Sup. Augustine Mansaray, said that they will apply the same normal routine investigation in this matter and they’ve started already. He told NewsWatch that there’s no specific time as to when the investigations will be ended and as at now there is no suspect.
“We have instituted all available measures to start our investigations and the security of all magistrate courts have been added with immediate effect so as to maintain sanity in the country.” he affirmed.
The CID also noted that there is already fear among many Sierra Leoneans but they are to be assured of of swift action and due justice for those who will be caught.