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Witness says ‘1st accused denied murder allegation’

March 3, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

First accused Solomon Bondi had in his statement to the police denied the allegation of murder levied against him by the prosecution, according to 5th prosecution witness in the ongoing Tengbeh Town murder trial, Detective Police Constable 1066 Abu Kanu.

Testifying yesterday at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, PC Kanu – attached to the Anti-Robbery Unit at the Criminal Investigation Department – said he recognised the accused persons and recalled on 3 January, 2015 when he obtained statement from the first accused and witnessed by one Sergeant 857 A. Kanu.

He said the recorded statement was read and explained to the accused, which the latter admitted was true and correct and subsequently appended his signature to.

However, defense counsel H.M. Gevao put it to the prosecution witness that the accused, in the first line of his statement, denied the murder allegation, which the witness confirmed.

The witness added that the accused in his statement said he was one of the guards at the resident of the Lebanese man attacked by armed robbers on that fateful New Year’s Day.

According to the police charge sheet, the accused persons were arraigned on five counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery with aggravation, and murder contrary to law.

In count one, the prosecution alleges that the accused persons – Solomon Bondi and Hector Sesay – on 1 January, 2015 conspired with some unknown persons to murder an OSD guard stationed at No.9 Off Beckley Lane, Tengbeh Town, west of Freetown.

In count two, the accused persons are alleged to have on the same date conspired with some persons unknown to commit a felony – robbery with aggravation.

In count three, the accused persons are charged with the murder of Daniel Sallieu Kamara, an OSD officer who was on duty at the aforementioned resident, while in count four, they are alleged to have robbed one Mohamed Abass and carted away his personal goods worth Le9,875,000.

In count five, the accused are alleged to have also robbed the murdered OSD officer and carted away his AK47 rifle valued US$1,400 and one magazine containing 35 live bullets valued US$150, property of the Sierra Leone Police.

The matter continues on 5 March.

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