CDS murder trial…


Witness says deceased was found dead in his bedroom

March 10, 2017 By Hawa Amara

First prosecution witness in the ongoing murder matter involving four accused persons alleged to have murdered former Chief of Defense Staff, Abdul Barrie, yesterday informed the court that the deceased was found in his bedroom lying dead in a pool of blood.

While testifying before the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, presided over by Magistrate Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara, the witness told the court that on December 22nd, 2016, at around 11:12 pm he and one Mohamed, Rose, Williams Bah, and Mr. Collier were at the sitting room watching a movie, while the deceased was in his bedroom.

The witness explained that sudden a power outage forced all of them to go into their various bedrooms.

“I then instructed Mohamed to close the main door. At 2am, I was informed by Mohamed that thieves had broken into the house. I then put on the solar light and found out that my phone was missing and the palour door was widely opened. I went to the deceased’s room and called him out loud but he didn’t respond. I also went down to the other apartment and informed one Mr. Kabba,” he said

 He said both of them went into the house, and as they approached the steps leading to the deceased’s bedroom, they saw a blood stain which urged them to break the door.

 He said they met the deceased lying on the ground dead.

The witness further testified that he was later invited to the Criminal Investigations Department to make a statement.

Ibrahim Kalokoh aka Kate/Fayai , Festus Mansaray , Alhaji Steven Bangura, and Alpha Umaru were arraigned on four counts of conspiracy, robbery with aggravation and murder contrary to laws of the Sierra Leone.

The charged sheet stated that the accused persons on diverse dates between 1st and 22nd December, 2016, at Bai Bureh  Road, conspired with unknown persons to commit a crime to wit robbery with aggravation.

The charge sheet also stated that the accused persons on 22nd December, 2016, at Umuels Drive, Devil Hole, in the Waterloo Judicial district, being armed with short gun, robbed the deceased, Retired Lieutenant General Samuel Omar Williams of two iphone6, valued Le14, 700, 000, one Black Sierratel mobile Phone valued Le200,000, one Samsung Galaxy edge valued Le11, 025,000, one silver MAC Book PRO Apple Laptop computer valued Le8, 820,000, one sunny blue-black computer valued Le5, 880, 000, one silver colour portfolio valued Le200,000, and other properties all to the total value of Le56, 355,000, properties of the deceased.

The particulars of offence stated that the accused persons on the aforementioned date at Umuels Drive, Devil Hole, in the Waterloo Judicial district, murdered the deceased.

The matter will come up again on 6th April, 2017 for further hearing.