Sister testifies in brother’s death
March 31, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Second prosecution witness in the ongoing murder trial of Patrick Bangura aka Junior on Monday (27th March, 2017) testified in the High Court on how her elder brother was allegedly murdered.
The accused persons-Demoh Bangura, Sholay Val-Renner and David Sesay are currently standing trial in the High Court presided over by Justice John Bosco Alieu, on two counts of conspiracy to murder and murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
State Counsel, Joan Mayota Sandeke Bull, alleges that the accused persons on Monday, 14 April, 2016 at 7 Upper Tengbeh Town conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit murder and did murder one Patrick Bangura.
In her testimony, Zainab Bangura, a younger sister to the deceased, identified the first accused as her step sister, second as her step sister’s husband and the third as her uncle’s younger brother to her late father.
She identified the deceased as her elder brother and recalled 10th and 11th April, 2016 prior to the alleged murder incident.
She said the second accused was constructing a house for the deceased, but because the construction process was slow, the deceased had to take the contract from him and awarded it to another person.
She said the action of the deceased brought about malice between him (deceased), 1st and 2nd accused persons, with threatening remarks coming from both the 1st and 2nd accused.
The witness continued that one Sunday, the third accused went to their compound and requested the house keys from their elder sister; Safiatu Bangura, but her sister told him that she had given the keys to the deceased, adding, “My uncle reacted angrily and asked that the 2nd accused give him a hammer, which he use to broke the lock on the door and replied that he had asked the deceased to build room and a parlour for himself in the compound but went ahead to build a palace.”
According to the witness, the third accused promised the deceased he was surely not going to sleep in the house he was constructing in the compound.
“On Monday, 14 April ,2016, my brother got missing and we reported the matter to several police stations and also went on TV with pictures of him. Few days late, my brother was found dead in a pit toilet with gasoline robbed on his body and the body was also embalmed,” the witness told the court.
She added that when a search was conducted in the premises of the first and second accused, a robber of gasoline was found, as well as blood and human hear discovered in the room.