Dr. Simeon Owiz Koroma
September 23, 2019
By Ibrahim K. Turay
Government pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owiz Koroma, has testified that his findings on the death of the Sierra Leonean American citizen, Massah Kaikai, revealed that it was neither accidental nor suicidal, but homicidal and brutal.
The pathologist was testifying last Friday before Magistrate Mark Ngegba presiding at court No.2 against two accused persons whom police alleged killed the deceased.
Miss. Kaikai disappeared from her private residence for eight months and police subsequently arrested and detained her boyfriend until the decomposed remains were discovered at her former residence.
Led in evidence by State Prosecutor, Adrian Fisher, the pathologist said he recalled sometimes this year when he received instructions from the Chief Medical Officer to conduct a postmortem examination on the decomposed corpse of the deceased which was exhumed at the backyard of the deceased’s residence.
He told the magistrate that himself, together with the Director of Public Prosecution, Head of Scientific Unit of the Sierra Leone Police, and Federal Bureau of Investigations from the US went to the scene of crime at Lower Pipe Line at Wilkinson Road.
He said the body of the deceased was not intact and that here specimen was taken by officials of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, who are yet to send the result to Sierra Leone.
He told the court that the body, which was wrapped with a blanket had a fractured head and that most of her parts were not available due to the period the body has taken beneath the earth.
“In my findings and expatriate opinion, Massah Kaikai’s death is not accidental or suicidal, but was brutal and deliberate,” he said.
The accused persons, Ibrahim Mansaray and Bashiru Mahoi are preliminarily being investigated on three count charges ranging from murder, burying a human body in a place order than a cemetery, larceny in a dwelling house to receiving stolen goods contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
According to State Prosecutor, Adrian Fisher, the first accused Ibrahim Mansaray, on a date between 1st August 2018 and 3rd August 2018 at 44B Lower Pipe Line, Off Wilkinson Road in Freetown, murdered Massah Kaikai and buried her remains at a place order than a cemetery.
Meanwhile, the second accused (Mahoi) who was only charged for receiving has been released on bail while his co-accused has been remanded.
The matter will come up again on September 24, 2019.