Defense to present three witnesses
June 22, 2016 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara & Hawa Amara
The prosecution yesterday closed its case in the ongoing murder trial of David Sydney Buckle aka D.J. Clef, who was allegedly murdered by three accused persons on Friday, 22nd May, 2015.
Director of Public Prosecution, Suliaman A. Bah, summoned 17 witnesses to prove the prosecution’s case against the accused persons – Mbamba Moiforay, Foday Amara, Kamara and Avril Oredola Renner.
The matter is presided over by Justice Alusine Sesay, while a twelve-man jury is task to establish fact of guilt or innocence of the trio.
Ishmael Philip Mammy and Pious Sesay are the defense counsel for the accused persons. Both men told the judge that they wish to take their clients to the witness box to testify on the next adjourned date of 12 July, 2016.
Yesterday’s four hour sitting was interspersed by drama and altercations between the defense team and the prosecution.
Also, the court session was interrupted by fighting some inmates, while another issue propped-up between Pious Sesay and the judge.
The judge was seemingly not happy with counsel’s manner of putting his questions to the 16th prosecution witness, Detective Ibrahim Sorie Kamara, during cross examination.
“You are not doing justice to this witness. Those questions are not fair as far as I am concerned. You cannot use an accused person’s statement to put question to an investigator. I’m the presiding judge and if you are not pleased with my judgment at the end of the trial, you can seek redress in the appellate court,” the judge said in rather furious tone.
Detective Kamara told the court that Moiforay admitted in his statement of being herbalist since childhood and that most of his clients came from neighboring Guinea.
He said the accused denied owning the car dust cover cloth that was allegedly used to rap the decease.
The witness said he and one Inspector Abdul Jaitel Kamara interviewed and charged the accused person with the offense of murder on 3 July, 2015 and that he was also part of the team of detectives that witnessed the exhumation and autopsy examination on the remains of the deceased on 10 June, 2015 at the Waterloo Ebola cemetery.
During cross-examination by Lawyer I.P. Mammie, he admitted visiting the scene at the time when the corpse had already been taken to the Ebola cemetery.
The last prosecution witness, Detective Inspector Umaru Finnay Kamara, attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, told the court that accused persons Moiforay and Renner were brought to the station for further investigation in respect of the alleged DJ Clef murder.
The alleged murder victim reportedly went missing at a birthday party organised by Ms. Renner at the residence of Mr. Moiforay.
During investigation, according to the witness, names like Claude, Bakarr, Solomon, and the second accused Foday Amara Kamara, came up, which warranted the publication of a wanted notice and subsequently the arrest of the second accused in the eastern district of Kono.
He said the other three accused persons were still at large.
He told the court that a voluntary caution statement was obtained from the second accused on 10 August, 2015.
The death of the popular disc jockey triggered a huge public backlash. Freelance photojournalist Harold Cyril Smith, who tendered a video clip on 30 Mach, 2016 showed the deceased in red underwear, part of his leg swarmed by flies, while a stray dog was busy feasting on the body.
Moiforay 23, Kamara 35, and Renner 25, were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy to murder and murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone. All of them have denied the charges.