Witness tenders video clip in court
March 30, 2016 By Hawa Amara
A prosecution witness in the DJ Clef murder trial yesterday tendered in court a video clip of alleged corpse of the deceased, Henry David Sydney Buckle alias DJ Clef, who was allegedly murdered on Friday, 22 May, 2015.
Three accused persons – Mbamba Moiforay, Foday Amara Kamara and Avril Oredola Renner – were arraigned on one count of murder contrary to law for the mysterious disappearance and assumed murder of the popular disc jockey.
In the video clip, the deceased wore red underwear, with part of his leg swarmed by flies, while a stray dog was busy feasting on the body.
One of the deceased’s arms was tattooed, while his decomposed body was wrapped in a black and white carpet.
Harold Cyril Smith, freelance photojournalist for the state broadcaster, testified that on 25 May, 2015 he went to Murray Town around Grammar School and took a still photo of the corpse, using a black digital Sony camera.
He explained that on 3 June, 2015 he joined the investigating team on their way to the residence of first accused Moiforay, where he also did a video recording, adding that police investigators discovered a carpet similar to the one the deceased was wrapped in.
He continued that on 10 June, 2015 he also joined the investigating team as they drove together with pathologist Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma to the Waterloo Ebola Cemetery, where the body of the deceased was exhumed for a postmortem examination.
The video clip was tendered in court as exhibit P.
Meanwhile, defence counsel M.P. Sesay applied for bail on behalf of the trio, but it was rejected by presiding judge, Justice Alusine Sesay, who stated that the seriousness of the case preclude the court from granting the accused persons bail.
The matter continues on 5 April, 2016.