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Lungi murder trial goes to High Court

By Hawa Amara

The Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 yesterday committed the Lungi murder investigation to the High Court after the court found that the accused has a prima facie case to answer.

Fatmata Tucker Moijueh is accused to have murdered her boyfriend Saidu Bangura at a guesthouse in Lungi on 6th April, 2014, few hours before the latter was due to fly to Mogadishu on a United Nations assignment.

She was subsequently charged to court on one count of murder contrary to the law Sierra Leone.

In his ruling, presiding Magistrate Komba Kamanda recalled that the prosecution called eight (8) witnesses, including three factual and five formal witnesses, adding that the first three prosecution witnesses gave evidences that touch and concern the accused.

Magistrate Kamanda maintained that sufficient evidence was adduced in court to substantiate that the deceased died on the night of the fatal incident in the guesthouse, and that they both shared a room.

He said his ruling would be informed by the statement of the accused which was tender in court as part of evidence and the report of the government pathologist, Dr. Owizz Koroma, which indicated that the cause of death of the deceased was acute hemorrhagic shock, cut throat, cut on the head and massive bleeding from the cut which led to the death of the deceased.

He said he also took into consideration cross-examination by the defence and the latter’s submission of self defence, but was convinced the prosecution did a great job to prove sufficient evidence against the accused person.

He concluded, therefore, that the prosecution adduced sufficient evidence against the accused to warrant the matter to be committed the High Court for trial.

Responding, defence counsel I. P. Mamie told the court the statement of the accused was involuntary and should not be read in court.

Meanwhile, the accused entered a plea not guilty to the charge of murder, and informed the court she was not satisfied with statement attributed to her because she was put under tremendous pressure while being interrogated by detectives.

She indicated her willingness to take the witness stand at the High Court and call witnesses.