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Benguema murder trial…

Accused have a prima farce case to answer

By Hawa Amara

The prosecution in the ongoing trial involving Capt. Samuel Munda Momodu, Lt. Alhaji Borbor Sheriff, and Lt. Henry Lamin Sesay on Monday told the magistrate court that the accused persons have a prima farce case of murder to answer in the High Court.

The accused persons are being investigated by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 for allegedly murdering one Charles Amadu Williams at the Armed Forces Training Center at Benguema Barracks, sometime in March this year.

Whilst replying to the no case submission by the defence, Assistant Superintendent of Police Raymond Dunia told the court that four prosecution witnesses gave evidences as factual witnesses.

He said the witnesses had told the court in their evidences that the trio of accused persons beat the deceased at different locations, and in the event sweeping him off his feet and causing him to fall awkwardly, as well as being hit with bottles.

ASP Dunia said that evidence adduced in court point to the fact that the deceased was not only beaten both within and outside the Kabbah Hall until he was helpless. The prosecutor maintained that the accused persons had malice against the deceased and referred to exhibit A1-15.

He said the accused persons admitted in their statements that they had a confrontation with the deceased when he threw alcohol on the 1st accused whilst dancing, noting that the 1st accused admitted beating the deceased in the process. He referred the court to the medical report and the evidence of pathologist Dr Simeon Owizz Koroma, who averred that the death of the deceased was ‘unnatural’.

The prosecution claimed that the direct cause of death of the victim was the beating, thus reiterating that the prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence during the preliminary investigation to warrant a committal of the matter to the High Court for trial.

The matter will come up again on 17 June

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