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Kadiaja Saccoh’s murder matter…

Prosecution closes case

October 2, 2020

By Yusufu S. Bangura

The prosecuting counsel in the alleged murder matter of five years old Kadijah Madinatu Saccoh, Joseph A.K Sesay has on Thursday, 1st October, 2020, closed its case, while defense counsels for the 1st and 2nd accused informed the Bench that they would do a no case submission on the next adjourned date.

Mariama Sarjo Barrie and Ibrahim Bah are before Magistrate Ngegba on two count charges of conspiracy to commit murder contrary to Section 4 of the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861 and murder.

The State alleges that, on Monday 1st April, 2020, and on diverse dates in June, the accused conspired with other persons unknown to commit murder and, on Wednesday 17th June, 2020, at No. 25 Spur Road in Freetown, they did murder Kadijah Madinatu Saccoh.

Led in evidence by Joseph A. K Sesay, Alex Mohamed Nallo,said he knew the deceased and also knew both accused persons as their neighbours and recalled on the date in question.

He said on that fateful day he was in his own apartment in the morning hours when the 2nd accused knocked at his door and that when he opened, the accused asked that he assist him with the 1st accused,who  was unwell.

He added that upon the information he put on his shirt and went to their apartment.

He told the court that when he arrived at the accused’s apartment, he met the 1st accused sitting in the parlour, together with the deceased, adding that later he and the 2nd accused went out of the parlour and prepared hot water for the 1st accused.

He said after giving the hot water to the 1st accused, he returned to his own apartment and while going he met one Aunty Agnes, who also told him that the 1st accused was sick.

He continued that in the evening hours, he went again to the 1st accused and met them at the parlour watching movie and that he spent some few hours with them.

He said the 1st accused told him to spend the night together with the 2nd accused. He added that after some minute, the 1st accused sent him and the 2nd to buy her medicine.

He testified that when they were returning from the pharmacy, they met the deceased in the hands of Aunty Agnes and the 1st accused was crying, saying that the deceased was not feeling well and that they must take her to the Lumley hospital for treatment.

He said on their way to the hospital, they met heavy traffic and that he took the deceased from Aunty Agnes.

He said the deceased was hopeless by then and that while in the hospital the 1st accused came out crying that they were about to lose the deceased.

He said they later took the deceased to Choithram hospital where they met the 2nd accused.

He explained that when they entered the hospital, they met a doctor standing at the door, who examined the deceased and later asked for the mother of the deceased and the 1st accused respond.

He concluded that after a few minute, the doctor called the 1st accused and told her that the deceased was dead, adding that the remains of the deceased were taken to the Colombia Davies Funeral Home, while he later made statement.

During cross examination by Alhaji M. Kamara on behalf of the 1st accused, the witness said he was a suspect in respect of the matter.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Mark Ngegba remanded the accused persons to the Male and Female Correctional Centres and adjourned the matter to Friday 9th October 2020.

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