‘17 pellets recovered during post mortem of former CDS’

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…says 3rd prosecution witness

July 27, 2018

By Regina Pratt

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Late Samuel Omar Williams

The 3rd prosecution witness, Detective Police Constable Samuel Mansaray, attached to the Crime Matters Unit at the Criminal Investigations Department has yesterday testified in the matter between the State versus Ibrahim Kalokoh and three others that, on 17th February, 2017,DPC 12057 Koroma B. brought in for safe keeping, exhibits including 17 pellets recovered during post mortem.

He was testifying before Justice Manuela Harding of the Siaka Steven Street High Court, while being led in evidence by state counsel, Lawyer Augustine Sheku.

The witness further testified that other items including 1-old short gun, 1-butt, 1-iron file, 1-old pouch containing nails, 1-lead pellet collected at the scene of crime, rubber substances recovered during post mortem, 1-empty AA short gun, bullet shell, 1-old Samsung phone with battery, 1-old black Huawei with battery and Sierratel sim and 1-black and pink IPhone, were handed over to him for safe keeping.

He told the court that he took possession of the said exhibits and registered them in the registration court book, with serial No 18/17.

He said the items were in police custody before tendering them in the Magistrate Court during preliminary investigations.

DPC Mansaray had earlier informed the court that his duties at the Crime matters Unit includes safe handling of all exhibits in the office for onward delivery when requested to do so.

The former Chief of Defense Staff, Lieutenant General Samuel O. Williams, was in 2016 allegedly murdered at his residence on Devil Hole, just at the outskirt of Freetown. Preliminary investigations had been concluded in the Magistrate Court where the accused pleaded not guilty to the offences charged. They were charged with five counts of conspiracy, robbery with aggravation and murder.

The matter continues in court on Thursday August 2.