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DJ Clef alleged murder trial:

‘Burial carpet’ tendered as exhibit

January 27, 2016 By Hawa Amara

Exhibit Clerk, Detective Constable 9389 Samuel Mansaray attached to the Crime Writers Office at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Freetown yesterday tendered a black and white carpet that was allegedly used to bury murdered disc jockey, David Sydney Buckle aka DJ Clef.

Constable Mansaray also tendered as exhibit an old brown cloth which used to be cover for a vehicle, and two yellow ropes to the court.

DJ Clef was allegedly murdered on Friday, 22 May 2015 at No. 1 John Street, off Aberdeen, where he had attended the birthday party of third accused Avril Oredola Renner, at the resident of first accused Mbamba Moi Foray.

The two were charged alongside Foday Amara Kamara on two counts of conspiracy and murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone for the alleged murder of the popular disc jockey.

The prosecution alleges that the accused persons on diverse dates between Wednesday, 15 April and 25 May, 2015 at No.1 John Street, off Aberdeen, conspired to murder the deceased and did murder him.

In his testimony before Judge Alusine Sesay at the Freetown High Court, Constable Mansaray told the court that his duties include the safe handling of exhibits brought to his office and to deliver them to court. He said on 19 June last year, whilst on duty, Detective Inspector I.S. Dumbuya brought in the said exhibits and handed them over to him.

“I took possession of these exhibits and registered them in the Exhibit Book against Serial No. RCE 106/2015; it has since been in my custody,” he said. The black and white carpet tendered was marked Exhibit B, the two yellow ropes inscribed as ‘C1to 2’, while the brown vehicle duster was labeled ‘D’.

Also in court was the scene of crime officer, Detective Sergeant Edward Abu Kamara, attached to the Criminal Investigation Department at the Congo Cross Police Station. He said on 25 May, 2015 a certain Inspector Kamara informed him about an abandoned corpse at Murray Town, west of Freetown.

Kamara said a combined team of police officers from the Congo Cross Police Station and the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters, headed by Detective Inspector Amara and Assistant Superintendent Moijueh, went to the scene.

“At the scene I observed a corpse lying on the main road by the cemetery rapped in a piece of cloth and two sets of rug. I took photograph with my digital camera before the corpse was collected by the Ebola burial team for burial,” he told the court.

The photos were tendered as Exhibit E4-7.

While being cross-examined by defence counsel O.V. Robbin-Mason, the witness told the court that he could not tell how long the corpse had been abandoned at the scene before they went there.

The matter comes up again on 2 February.

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