Witness implicates Operation Officer
March 3, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
First Prosecution Witness in the ongoing preliminary investigation into a murder at Jorpoh Farm, Waterloo, yesterday said a police operation officer at Waterloo called Augustine joined the accused persons to slap and kick the victim, Francis Kamara alias ‘Orbluffer’.
Testifying at the Ross Road Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Abu Bakarr Binneh Kamara, Amadu Sesay said he recognized all the fourteen accused persons and that he recalled on 11 September, 2014 at Jorpoh Farm in Waterloo when he saw the accused persons armed with sticks and cutlasses in fierce pursuit of him and the victim.
He said he hid himself behind a mangrove so that the accused were unable to see him, but did hear the 13th accused shouting ‘I have nabbed Francis Kamara’, and that he also saw the operational officer, one Augustine slap and kick the deceased twice while the accused persons and other individuals not charged to court beat the deceased with sticks and cutlasses as one Reverend Spaine ordered the gang to drag the deceased to the farm.
“I immediately ran from where I was hiding and went to an unfinished building where I was interviewed by a journalist and later people directed me to one retired police officer who took me to the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters,” narrated the witness. “I was referred to the Waterloo police station where I made a statement and went home.”
While being cross-examined by defence counsel A.I. Sesay, the witness corroborated his claim that he had hid behind a mangrove which was a little distance from the scene of attack. He maintained that he had said same to the Waterloo police while he was being interrogated.
The defence counsel pleaded with the magistrate for a copy of the statement to be availed to him, which was granted, as the statement was tendered as Exhibit A1-3.
After he had read the statement, the defence counsel asked the witness whether he knew all the accused persons by their names and he answered in the affirmative.
According to prosecutor Inspector Osman Minkailu Bangura, Abdul Fullah, Alhaji Bangura, Orfather Koroma, Alhassan Jalloh, Mohamed Koroma, Abdul Rahman Mansaray, Mohammed Metto Kanu, Alimamy Fofanah, Sheriff Kamara, Edwin Manga, Abdul Bangura, Ibrahim Sahr Bangura, Chernoh Abu Bakarr Sesay alias ‘Chericoco’ and Mohamed Yusifu Fofanah alias ‘Desperate’ on 11 September, 2014 conspired with other persons at Jorpoh Farm in Waterloo to murder their victim.
They were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder contrary to section 4 of the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861.
Magistrate Binneh Kamara adjourned the matter to 4 March.