February 9, 2021
By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Simity Turay, a female soldier serving in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), yesterday, Monday February 8, testified in the ongoing murder trial of Mohamed Kanu, who allegedly murdered the witness’ father, Saliful Turay.
The deceased, who was also a serving officer in the Sierra Leone Armed Forces, was in 2015 allegedly shot dead in Freetown by one Mohamed Kanu who was serving officer at the Operational Support Division OSD.
The state alleges that, Mohamed Kanu, on 18th March 2015 in Freetown, murdered Salifu Turay, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
Testifying before Justice Musu Kamara, Simity said she knew the accused through her step mother and identified the deceased as her father.
He said on March 18, 2015, her father woke her up and informed her that he was going to see someone, who had shown interest in a piece of land he had to sell.
She said hours later, he received a call from someone using her father’s phone and informed her that the deceased had involved in an accident and directed them the location.
She further told the court that on her way to the said location, she met one of his father’s friends ,one Kallon who informed her that her father had been shot and that he was going to report the incident to the Military Police office.
She said she went to the scene of crime and while she was there, she overheard people saying that it was one Operational Support Division Police Officer that had kill her father.
She said after her father’s remains was taken to away, she went home and while at home she overheard her stepmother talking to one Mohamed Kanu, stating that she hope he did not bear hands in the death of the deceased.
“I immediately confronted my stepmother with what I heard her talking on the phone and we had some argument and later some Military Police officers went to our house and arrested her,” she testified.
She further that she made statement to the police.
Testifying earlier on the same matter, Police Sergeant 1516 Abu Conteh tendered in court the alleged weapon used to kill the deceased.
He told the court that he was having in his possession six exhibits including one Euro weapon with serial number 260195S/N-92 and a magazine containing twenty bullets.
Trial adjourned to Monday February 15.