Father testifies in son’s murder trial


June 9, 2018

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Jaiah Kamara, father of Mohamed Kamara, who was allegedly murdered by his friend Umarr Taib Kargbo, Thursday testified before Magistrate Santigie Bangura of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No 1.

The witness recognised the accused as his neighbour and recalled that on the day of the incident, he sent the deceased to buy him insecticide at 6pm.

He said that while at home, he received information from another prosecution witness that his son and the accused were fighting.

“When I arrived at the scene, I met the deceased sitting in a chair responding to   first aid treatment but he was hopeless. Blood was flowing from his head, ears and toe. I asked the woman who was holding his head tight as to what happened between the two. I asked one of the women to leave the deceased head but he was unable to sit up straight with saliva oozing from his mouth,” he explained.

He said they later went to the Central Police Division and reported the matter and that they were issued with a medical request form, which they took to Connaught Hospital.

He said the deceased was admitted at the hospital for one week before he was discharged, but passed away shortly after they returned home.

He said an autopsy revealed that the neck of the disease was broken, while he also sustained injuries to his head.

Kamara further said after the autopsy, the remains of the deceased was handed over to the family for burial.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Santigie Bangura remanded the accused at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown.

The accused is before the court on one count of murder contrary to the Laws of Sierra Leone. According to Assistant Superintendent of Police Theresa M. Bangura, the accused on Monday, 12th March 2018, at Oneil Street in Freetown, allegedly murdered one Mohamed Borbor Kamara.

The matter was adjourned to Tuesday, 12th June.