Witness says victim’s palm was removed
June 12, 2015 By Hawa Amara
Second prosecution witness in a ritual murder that occurred in Kenema district, Sumaila Kamara, yesterday told a Freetown Magistrate Court that the victim, Sulaiman Vakie, had his palm removed by his killers.
Two men – Kennie Amadu Saffa and Brima – are alleged to have conspired to do the act.
While testifying before Magistrate Komba Kamanda, the witness recalled that the first accused had told him that Kennie Hendry Vakie’s son had gone missing and that they were going to a herbalist to help them locate the whereabouts of the deceased.
The witness said villagers mobilized the youth the following morning to search for the missing boy. He said first prosecution witness, Alhaji Vandy, saw the corpse and alerted the other search party. He said when they arrived at the scene the victim was leaning on a coffee tree dead, with his palm removed.
The witness said village elders ordered that nobody should touch the corpse as they had sent for a police officer, who subsequently arrived and took the corpse away.
He said the accused persons were later arrested.
They were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
According to the police prosecution, the accused murdered the deceased on 13 January, 2015 at Ngewabu village, Falla-Wondor chiefdom, Kenema district.
The matter was adjourned to 18 June for further trial.