August 15, 2017 By Elizabeth A. Kaine
Magistrate Santigie Bangura of Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.1 last Thursday (10th August 2017) remanded one Lahai Kamara at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road after hearing testimony from the deceased’s father, Umaru Conteh.
According to the charged sheet, Kamara was dragged to court on one count of murder contrary to the Laws of Sierra Leone.
Police prosecution, Inspector Theresa M. Bangura, alleges that Lahai Kamara on Wednesday 28th June, 2017, at upper Emergency, Goderich, in Freetown murdered four year old Ammah Mensah.
In his brief explanation, Conteh told the court that he was sleeping together with his daughter at home when his wife woke him up for dinner.
He said while they were still eating, the accused arrived at their house and started playing around with his daughter as he left for work.
Conteh told the court that later that same day, he received a phone call from his wife informing him that their daughter was missing.
“I then came back home in search of my daughter and went to the site of the accused since it was not far from our residence. It is my daughter’s usual place of playing but she was nowhere to be found,” he said.
The witness said he reported the matter to the Goderich police station since that was the first time such incident occurred.
“The deceased is not used to going out without the knowledge of her mother,” he testified.
He said after some days, he checked on the accused but he was not around and he was told that since the last time he asked for the accused, he had absconded.
“While I was still at the accused person’s residence, I overheard some ladies talking about a corpse lying at the corner of the street, just ten feet from his house,” he said.
The witness told the court that he was shocked to see his daughter lying prostrate and covered halfway with Dangote’s cement bag.
Meanwhile, the police report at the back of the file stated that after investigating the matter they saw human hair and suspected human oil in the accused person’s room.
However, no plea was taken and the accused was not legally represented.
The matter has been adjourned to the 14th August 2017 for further hearing.