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Pathologist says Khadija Saccoh died of strangulation

February 26, 2021

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma 

Chief Government Forensic Pathologist, Dr.Semion Owizz Koroma, has told the court that 5-year-old Khadija Madinatu Saccoh died as a result of manual strangulation.

He further stated that the death of the deceased was homicidal with a bitten tongue, swollen neck, adding that at the time of her death the deceased was no longer a virgin. 

He told the court presided over by Justice John Bosco Allieu that the purpose of autopsy is to ascertain the cause, mode and manner of death of a person. 

“The deceased died as a result of a physical, brutal sexual abuse and strangulation,” he said.

Mariama Sajor Barrie and Ibrahim Bah are currently standing trial on two count charges of conspiracy to murder and murder contrary to law.

State prosecutor, Joseph A.K Sesay alleges that both accused on Wednesday 17th June, 2020, at Spur Road in Freetown, conspired with unknown persons and murdered Kadija Madinatu Saccoh.

Dr. Owizz said on the 20th June, 2020, he performed an autopsy on the remains of 5-year-old Khadija Madinatu Saccoh and at the end of the process, he reduced his findings in written and issued a certificate of the cause of death to the relatives.

He said the remains was identified by one Isatu Jabbie Kabba, noting that the relatives of both the accused persons and the deceased and investigating officers were present. 

He said his findings showed that the deceased had a bitten tongue, massive swollen neck with finger scratch mark on the neck.

He said the bitten tongue and scratches on the neck of the deceased showed that the manner of death is neurogenic shock caused by manual strangulation. 

He further stated that his internal findings showed that the primary signs of virginity of the deceased were absent.

 Matter continues