Pathologist tenders autopsy report
February 6, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Government pathologist Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma yesterday tendered the autopsy report of Daniel Salieu Kamara, 23, an Operational Support Division (OSD) officer who was allegedly murdered on Thursday, 1 January 2015 at No.9 off Beckle Lane, Tengbeh Town, west of Freetown.
In his testimony at Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, Dr. Koroma said part of his responsibilities include training medical students and performing autopsy on corpses as and when authorised by the Chief Medical Officer.
He said he recalled on 7 January 2015 while on duty at the Connaught Hospital, he received instruction from the Chief Medical Officer and a request from the coroner to perform an autopsy on the remains of murder victim Salieu Kamara, adding that the operation was witnessed by Samuel Paul Kamara, elder brother of the deceased, and Detective Police Constable 857 Kanu A. attached at the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department.
He revealed that upon completing the autopsy he signed the report and gave duplicate copies to the elder brother of the deceased and the investigating officer, while he kept the original.
He said the autopsy operation concluded that the cause of the death was neurogenic shock due to fractures of the horn of the hyoid bone, laryngeal bone, and thyroid and cricoids cartilages cervical vertebrate due to manual strangulation, which resulted to sprained cord and massive intercerebral hemorrhage.
He added that the victim had suffered from extensive skull fracture from bullet wounds to the upper and lower extremities, inflicted by six bullets which gained entrance via the upper and low extremities, head and neck, 7 centimeters deep, plus long laceration or cuts observed on the right and left temporaries aspects and occipital regions of the head.
Solomon Bondi and Hector Sesay are charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery with aggravation and murder contrary to law, and are subject to a preliminary investigation conducted by Magistrate Kamanda to ascertain as to whether they have a case to answer.
The matter, which is being prosecuted by Inspector J.M. Sanja, will be committed to the High Court if the investigation concludes the accused have a case to answer.
The murdered OSD officer met his gruesome death early on New Year’s Day while guarding a private residence at No.9 Off Beckley Lane, Tengbeh Town.
The accused reportedly went on a mission to rob a Lebanese businessman, Mohamed Abass.
The prosecutor says the men, in cohort with some unknown accomplices, stole a couple of designer shoes worth Le9,875,000, as well as made away with an AK47 rifle assigned to the murdered officer by the Sierra Leone Police valued US$1,400, and one magazine containing 30 live bullets valued $150.
The matter continues.