Three men accused in Arthur James killing will stand trial for capital offence of murder in September Assizes

The three men accused of killing Arthur James will stand trial in the High Court for the offence of murder.

Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel-Edwards found there was sufficient evidence to commit Uroy Joseph and two brothers, Obasic and Zamir O’Garro, to the High Court for trial.

The trio, who are jointly charged with the capital offence, appeared in the All Saints Magistrates Court and have been committed to the September Criminal Assizes.

Joseph and the O’Garro brothers, who are cousins, were initially charged with kidnapping.

The Police had accused the Liberta residents of abducting James, who had been missing since Thursday, October 28, 2021.  James, a resident of Grays Farm, was last seen entering Joseph’s home – but was never observed leaving the premises.  

A missing person’s report was filed at the Freetown Police Station on Saturday, October 30, 2021.  Officers conducted searches in that area and in St. Phillip, and a mobile phone believed to be James’ was found. 

Later, his burnt-out vehicle was discovered with a dead body in the trunk in a bushy area outside Freetown.  Following forensics on the remains, the burnt body was later confirmed to be that of James, and the trio was charged with his murder.

Sources said the men had been seen carrying a sheet with what appeared to be a body – from Joseph’s house – and placing it into the back of James’ car.