Daughter testifies in dad’s murder trial


May 25, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

One Simity Turay, daughter of murder victim, Sergeant Salifu Turay of the Republic of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces, who was allegedly murdered by one Mohamed Kanu, an Operational Support Division officer of the Sierra Leone Police, on 22 May, 2015 took the witness stand last Friday at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No., presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda.

The daughter, who is first prosecution witness, recognized the accused as her step mother’s fiancé and that he was sleeping in their house together with her step mother Jeneba Turay, while her father (the deceased) was away in Kabala, Koinadugu District.

She recalled the day of the murder incident on 18 March, 2015.

She narrated that sometime in 2012, her step mother and the deceased had a scuffle and that the former moved house and stayed with the accused until February 2015 when she reconciled with the deceased.

According to her, one Baby Hannah forwarded a complaint against her step mother, demanding that she stay away from her husband, the accused.

She further testified that on 18 March, 2015 her father received a phone call from one of his friend called Bakarr.

“In the morning hours of March 18, 2015 my father dressed up in his full military uniform and left the house. After an hour, I received a call from somebody asking whether I am Tity. The individual gave me information about my father. Upon receiving the information, I immediately took my young ones to Gloucester, but on our way we met one Mr. Kalawa who advised us not to proceed to the scene,” she said.

She concluded that she later made a statement to the police.

The accused was arraigned on one count of murder contrary law.

State prosecutor Juan M. Bull alleged that the accused on 18 March, 2015 along Bathurst- Gloucester in Freetown murdered the deceased, Salifu Turay.

Magistrate Kamanda remanded the accused and adjourned the matter to 26 March, 2015.