REX
V.
BANA KASSI AND OTHERS

JELR 81053 (WACA)    
West Africa Court of Appeal  ·  West Africa [For WACA cases]
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1939 5 WACA 154-156
CORAM
COR. KINGDON, PETRIDES, C.JJ., AND GRAHAM PAUL, J.
Core Terms Beta
evidence
appellants
opinion
accomplice
learned judge
case
conviction
statement
counsel
objection
second accused
first accused
issue of fact
question of corroboration
regard
trial judge
5th accused
appeal
benefit of any such doubt
circuit court of the protectorate of sierra leone
commissioner’s office
corroboration of that evidence
course of the crown case
course of the investigations
court clerk
evidence corroboration of the evidence of the accomplices
evidence of the witness bokari kamasso
following note
gold coast
grounds of appeal
joseph walwyn findlay
learned trial judge
main evidence
mutilated document
mutilated exhibit
second accused’s complicity
unexceptionable record of a confession
whole evidence
witness
witness jabatti

 KINGDON, C.J., NIGERIA, PETRIDES, C.J., GOLD COAST, AND GRAHAM PAUL, J. The five appellants were charged in the Circuit Court of the Protectorate of Sierra Leone with the murder of one Sitta on or about 7th June, 1929, at or near Konia. All the appellants were on the 24th June, 1939, convicted of murder and sentenced to death and they all appealed to this Court against their convictions.

Grounds of Appeal were filed and Counsel for the Appellants argued at length on these grounds which involved questions of fact and law.

In our opinion there is no substance in the appeals of the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th accused and their appeals were dismissed accordingly.

As regards the second accused the learned trial Judge rightly found that the main evidence against him was that of accomplices and that corroboration of that evidence was required. Such : corroboration the learned Judge expressly found only in the evidence of the witness Bokari Kamasso and convicted the second accused accordingly. In our…

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