February 17, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Detective Police Constable 11094 Philip B. Smart attached to the Anti-Robbery Unit of the Operational Support Division headquarters, yesterday testified in the preliminary investigation into the Tengbeh Town murder presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1.
DPC Smart, who also tendered statement made to the police by the accused, said he recalled on January 1, 2015 when one Mohamed Abass – who is the complainant – reported a robbery incident and he was instructed to lead in the investigation.
He said he and a team of detectives, including a certain Superintendent Kamara, went to the scene of crime and saw blood stain on the floor where the police officer was murdered, where he was told the remains of the deceased had been taken to the Connaught Hospital mortuary.
He said when they entered the room of the complainant they discovered it was ransacked and subsequently obtained statement from the complainant and witnesses.
He continued that from January 3 to 4, they searched the residences of both accused persons, while the 1st accused Solomon Bondi was arrested on January 18, and the 2nd accused Hector Sesay days later.
He said both accused persons were subsequently charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery with aggravation and murder contrary to law, following their interrogation by detectives.
Police prosecutor Inspector J.M. Sanja said the duo conspired with other unknown individuals to murder OSD officer Daniel Salieu Kamara on January 1, 2015 at No.9 off Beckley Lane, Tengbeh Town, west of Freetown.
Inspector Sanja said the men also robbed one Mohamed Abass of his personal property worth Le9,875,000, and a fully loaded AK47 rifle which they stole from the murdered officer, costing US$550 and property of the Sierra Leone Police Force.
The matter continues on March 3.