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…For allegedly killing his wife

MMCET lecturer sent to Pademba Road prison

August 6, 2015 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

Gibril Fofana, a lecturer at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET), was yesterday sent to the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road after he made his third appearance before Magistrate Mohamed Serray-Wurie at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 and was refused bail.

Officers at the Adonkia Police Station, Goderich had charged the lecturer with the offence of murder after he was accused of killing his wife, Marie Fofanah, on Sunday, 14 June, 015 at their resident – N0.18 Kumba Lane, Gbendenbu, Goderich village, in the Western Rural District.

Prosecutor, Superintendent Mohamed B. Kamara, led third prosecution witness Jariatu Samura in evidence, with the latter telling the court that on the day of the incident, her husband Mr. Samura instructed her to go to the accused person’s resident to take the deceased to the hospital, as she had complained severe pains. She told the court that when she arrived at the residence the accused was holding a bottle of stout and a pen.

She said the accused told her the deceased was sleeping and that she could not be woken up. But the witness said when she went closer she could observe that the deceased had bruises on her face.

“When I insisted on taking her to hospital, I and the accused had a bitter quarrel.  I forcefully entered into the bedroom and noticed that the deceased was not breathing and that her mouth and eyes were wide open and her hands was stiff which indicate to me that Marie was dead,” the witness said in tears.

The witness said her loud cry alarmed the entire neighbourhood to come to the house.

She added that she later informed her husband about the incident and made statement to the Adonkia police station.

Also in court was the investigating officer, 10222 Alhaji B. Swaray, a detective attached at the Adonkia police station. He told the sitting magistrate that on that fateful day he received a call from the headman of Goderich, Mohamed Sesay, who informed him about the incident.

He testified that he and other officers went to the scene of crime were neighbours identified the accused person to them and that he was arrested on allegation of murder.

The detective said they subsequently visited the Connaught hospital mortuary where the deceased was identified to them by a relative, and they took her photograph.

The detective corroborated the evidence of the third prosecution witness that he also observed bruises on the face of the deceased.

Swaray said on 15 June, 2015 he and two other detectives interrogated the accused and obtained statement from him.

Anthony Y. Brewa and C. F. Edwards are representing the accused person.

The matter has been adjourned to Wednesday, 5 August, 2015.