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In police-kill-soja matter:

Pathologist says deceased died by gunshot

July 21, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Government pathologist Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma yesterday told the Freetown Magistrates’ Court that the deceased former personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), Salifu Turay, who was alleged to have been murdered by one Mohamed Kanu, an ex-Operational Support Division (OSD) officer of the Sierra Leone Police for a woman, died from gunshot wounds.

Dr. Koroma was testifying before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1. He told the court that he did not know the accused but recalled on 26th March 2015 while at the Connaught Hospital mortuary, he received the corpse of one Salifu Turay.

He said on the same day and on the instruction of the Chief Medical Officer and the request of the Corona, he carried out a postmortem examination within the mortuary on the body of the deceased, which was identified to him by Warrant Officer 18164421 Samura A. of the RSLAF attached to the Wilberforce Military Barrack, the investigation officer Detective Sergeant 1513 Kabba M.D., and the senior crime officer Detective Inspector I.S. Dumbuya attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The pathologist stated that on the conclusion of the postmortem examination, he reduced his findings to an autopsy report which was signed and dated by him, and has since been in his custody.

He said he issued the original medical certificate report of death to the relatives and a photocopy to the Sierra Leone Police. He said the deceased was later handed over to relatives for proper burial.

“The pathological cause of death is acute hemorrhagic shock due to massive internal [damage to the] cerebrum as a result of gunshot (bullet),” he said.

The accused was charged with murder for allegedly gunning down the deceased on 18th June 2015 at Bathurst village along Gloucester contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The matter is being prosecuted by state counsel J.M.S. Bull and was adjourned to 28th July for further trial.

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