Pathologist tells cause of death
January 13, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Public consultant pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, yesterday tendered the cause of death of Hannah Bockarie, 19, whose lifeless naked body was discovered on Lumley Beach in Freetown last year.
Mohamed Lamin Kamara and Paul Corn were subsequently charged with the murder of the teenager following a huge outcry by women’s and rights groups.
The prosecution alleges that both accused persons murdered the victim and dumped her body on the popular beach in August last year.
Testifying before Magistrate Komba Kamanda, presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, Dr. Koroma said he was the public consultant forensic pathologist and manager of the Connaught Hospital Mortuary, a senior lecturer in the Department of Pathological Sciences at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone, and a member of the Sierra Leone Police Force with the rank of Chief Superintendent.
He recalled 21 August, 2015 when he saw Hannah Bockarie’s remains at the Lumley Beach in Freetown and examined the body, before it was conveyed to the Connaught Hospital mortuary for postmortem to determine the cause of death.
He said the body was identified to him by one Pa Suluku Samba, stepfather of the deceased, Sergeant 1513 Kabba, the investigating officer, and Inspector I.S. Dumbuya, scene of crime officer attached at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Freetown.
He told the court that after concluding the postmortem examination he listed the cause of death and gave a copy each to the stepfather and investigating officer and kept the original in his custody for safekeeping.
He revealed under oath that the causes of death of the murder victim were fractured wings of hyoid bone, dislocation and fracture of cervical vertebrae C3-C4 due to manual strangulation, and massive intra-cerebral haemorrhage as a result of blunt force injury on the head, plus spinal cord injury, acute fatty pancreatitis, torn and swollen vagina and vulva.
The matter continues.