Criminal Court 'C' Judge Yussif Kaba f has rejected defense counsel's submission to set aside the jurors' unanimous guilty verdict in the case involving former Police Chief Beatrice Munah-Sieh Browne.
Judge Kaba said the defense lawyers request was against the law and as such, the court could not accept their submission.
The defense counsel alleged that the jurors were tampered with; therefore, their verdict should not be upheld.
It can be recalled that the jurors brought down unanimous guilty verdict against all of the five defendants.
However, the defense counsel immediately took an exception as a result of suspicion that beclouded the guilty verdict.
The defense lawyers' rejection comes when the jurors, while in their deliberations room requested for additional verdict forms.
When the jurors returned from their deliberations room, they provided one form in which their guilty verdict was written.
But the defense lawyers requested the court to ask the jurors why they sent for additional forms when they only presented one form with their guilty verdict.
The jurors told the court that they made mistakes on the first form they filled for which they requested for additional forms.
Not satisfied with the jurors' answer, the defense lawyers requested that the form in question be produced.
Interestingly, when the jurors produced the form, it was torn into pieces thereby creating suspicion as to why they tore the form if it contained honest error. Judge Yussif Kaba ordered an investigation into the matter to establish what was written on the destroyed form.
The defense counsel said the jurors' guilty verdict should not be accepted by the court claiming that they were tampered with.
The defense team argued that the torn verdict forms might have contained not guilty.
Counsel for the defendants accused the jurors of communicating while in their deliberation room, something that influenced them to come out with a guilty verdict.
Lawyers of the defendants also accused officers of the court of conspiring with the jurors to bring down the guilty verdict.
In their submission, they prayed the court to summon Lonestar Communication Corporation and Cellcom GSM to present the call log of the jurors to establish their communication link while in their deliberation room.
But the Prosecution team said the court should not give credence to the defense's submission because the submission was based on mere assumption and lacks fact.
Judge Kaba, in his ruling said the court could not honor the defense counsel's request because it was outside of the law.