The trial of the man who stood trial for the murder of his former girlfriend at Tuvaruhu hill top in 2012 continues.
This was after Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer handed down his ruling yesterday on the application made by the defence for a closed court hearing.
The defence counsel has made the application on Monday after one of the counsels has been threatened by a relative of the deceased during the break at lunch hour.
Sir Albert in his ruling pointed out that court rooms and premises should be secured enough for everyone to conduct the business of justice without feeling intimidated or frightened and in spite of what happened on Monday the court will endeavour to improve on these so that such incidents are minimised or avoided.
“Having said that, it is my considered view that the only person that needs to be excluded is the person involved in yesterday’s disturbance from the court room and I direct that he be excluded form the court hearings herewith.
“As for the application to exclude the media, it is again my considered view that the fourth estate be not muzzled but with this qualification, that the media must demonstrate responsibility and
integrity in their reporting of court cases for the benefit and edification of the public and to avoid sensationalising evidence or matters expressed in court that could cause disharmony or disturbance
in the community.”
After the ruling yesterday, the accused Brian Schofield Baro Alagere continues with his evidence.
His evidence started on Monday after prosecution closed its case on Friday last week.
Alagere told the court that on September 24, 2012, and met Flora and went with Flora and Sale to Papaho area.
He then said, that at Papaho, Sale hit Flora on right side of her head with a stone.
The court heard that after Sale hit Flora’s head, she died and Alagere ran back to his house and aunty’s house to get two 40 kilograms of empty millrun bags.
Alagere told the court that Sale assisted him and they put the body into the bags and then climbed the prayer mountain at Jericho and walked all the way to Tuvaruhu hill top.
He said it was at Tuvaruhu hill top that he and Sale rolled Flora’s body downhill.
Prosecution will continue cross-examining Alagere today.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN