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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Caterer testifies in ‘police kills police’ matter

By Hawa Amara

One Ibrahim Kamara, a caterer, was yesterday led in evidence by Principal State Counsel, Gerald S. Soyie, to testify in the murder trial of Christopher Sheriff, a paramilitary police officer of the Operational Support Division (OSD) who is arraigned for the alleged murder of another colleague, Alie Fayandae Koroma.

The accused is charged on one count of murder contrary to the law of Sierra Leone, after the prosecution alleged that he murdered the deceased (Ali Fayandae Koroma) on 10th June 2013 at the Grand Leone Casino at Aberdeen, west of Freetown.

The witness identified the accused as former security personnel at the casino at Aberdeen, and that on the day of the incident the latter was embroiled in a sustained heated argument with a group of beach boys.

He said the accused threatened to shoot and kill someone before he returned to his security post. He said the deceased had materialised at the scene and was given a jubilant welcome by the beach boys who narrated the altercation they have had with the accused, including his threat to kill one of them.

He said the deceased then went over to the security post to advise the accused that his duty as a police officer was to protect life and property, and to plead with him not to harm the beach boys.

He said the peace overture went terribly wrong when the accused, in an uncontrollably fit of anger, shot the deceased three times on the leg. He told the court that the deceased immediately went to ground and was heard pleading with the accused not to kill him.

But his pleas were not heeded to, as the accused released another four shots, aimed at the deceased, who was then lying helpless on the ground, says the witness, adding that all of this happened after the accused paced between the casino and Aces night club, while firing shots in the air.

He said OSD personnel came to the scene and took the accused into the casino, before a police vehicle arrived to take him to the Congo Cross police station for interrogation.

The witness, when subsequently being cross-examined by defence counsel M. Tarawallie Kamara, told the court he was at the beach when the fatal encounter between the two police officers was being played out.  He noted that the entire episode occurred between 10 p.m. and 2:45 a.m. in the morning. The matter continues at the Freetown High Court, presided over by Justice M.A. Paul.

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