April 9, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
One Sarah Deen Conteh yesterday testified at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Albert J. Moody in a domestic violence matter involving her mother and her step-father.
She recalled that spanning March to August 2013, one of her aunts, Winstina Thomas, who resides in the United States of America, sent her mother some money to embark on business, adding that the money was sent through her step-father who kept it until 2014.
She said her mother demanded the money from her step-father, the accused, who replied that he would only avail the money when the Ebola outbreak has ended.
She said the complainant again demanded the money from the accused for the second time in November 2014, which drew the ire of the latter who used expletives against the former and hit both the witness and her mother.
While being cross-examined by defence counsel Emmanuel Teddy Koroma, the witness admitted to not being aware of everything that transpired between her mother and step- father, but insisted she knew what exactly happened in the matter for which they are in court for.
The accused is in court on one count of domestic violence, contrary to section 2(1b) of the Domestic Violence Act of 2007.
Prosecutor Inspector Michael Kelly Dumbuya alleged that on diverse dates in March and August 2013 in Freetown, the accused, Brima Ibrahim Bangura, did convert to his own use the sum of US$4,600, equivalent to Le19,717,000, which is money belonging to the complainant, Princess Ayodele Victoria Bangura.
The matter continues on 15 April.