Army officer remanded for murder 


July 12, 2018

By Yusufu S. Bangura

One Lamina Mansaray, an army officer aged thirty-nine, was yesterday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown pending his alleged murder trial.

The accused person is alleged to have murdered one Mabinty Mansaray on Wednesday, 14th December 2016 at AD 1 Block, Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown.

Investigator Kindo Papa Kamara Lansana told High Court, presided over by Justice Monfred Sesay, that the accused person had confirmed that he did not stab the victim, but used a military belt to beat the deceased to death.

In his testimony, Bockarie Thoronka, a nurse attached at the Dwell Medical Unit, 34 Military Hospital, recognised the accused person as a colleague and Mabinty Mansaray (deceased) as wife of the accused.

Thoronka recalled that on the date in question he was at home with his family in the morning hours when the accused knocked on his door.

He narrated that he came out, and saw the accused who replied that his wife had been vomiting throughout the night and needed medical assistance.

The prosecution witness narrated that he followed the accused to his residence and met the deceased lying on the floor with her entire body covered with a cloth.

“While observing the deceased, I called her three times but she did not respond. At that time, I saw blood beneath the knee of the deceased. I advised the accused to take the deceased to the hospital,” he testified.

The witness further testified that the accused brought a vehicle which took the deceased to the 34 Military Hospitals.

‘After some hours, I heard rumours that the deceased has died and I made statement at the Congo Cross Police Station,” he told the court.

The matter is prosecuted by State Counsel Joseph A.K. Sesay and C.F. Sesay, while the accused is represented by Lawyer M. Bawoh of the Legal Aid Board.

The matter was adjourned to next week for further hearing.