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In lawyer’s clerk murder case…

Pathologist says death caused by acute hemorrhagic shock

March 19, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Government pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, yesterday told a magistrate court in Freetown that one Ibrahim Sie, who prosecutors say was murdered by one Jeremiah Reeves, died of acute hemorrhagic shock due to stab wound on the upper chest, measuring one centimetre.

Dr.  Koroma was yesterday testifying at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda. He told the court that he carried out a post-mortem examination on the remains of one Ibrahim Sie, 33, of No. 86 Bass Street, Brookfields, on 23 August, 2014

He explained that the body was identified by one Mohamed Thorley, senior sibling of the murdered victim and of 13A Bismarck Johnson Street; the investigation officer, a police detective; and senior crime officer, Detective Sergeant 5857 Kamara A.S., both of the Criminal Investigation Department, and a group of medical students.

“I carried out the post-mortem examination on the deceased at 11:30am and on the conclusion of the examination, I reduced my findings to an autopsy report which was dated and signed by me and has since been in my custody,” he told the court.

Dr. Koroma stated that he issued an original medical certificate on the cause of death to the relatives while a photocopy was handed to the police, adding that the pathologic causes of death were acute shock due to stab wound of the upper chest and rupture of the left lungs.

While being cross-examined by defence counsel A.M. Kamara, Dr. Koroma said the corpse of the deceased was placed in the mortuary on 23 August, 2014, and that he will be surprised to know that the stab wound was on the neck of the deceased.

The accused, Jeremiah Reeves, a former lawyer’s clerk, was charged with the murder of one Ibrahim Sie on 23 August, 2014, at No. 86 Bass Street Brookfield.

The matter continues on 26 March.