Kenema murder: witness narrates how deceased was murdered


June 10, 2015 By Hawa Amara

First prosecution witness, Alhaji Vandy, in a murder trial involving two accused persons who are alleged to have murdered one Suliaman Vakie, 4, in Ngewabu village, Kenema district, yesterday narrated in court how the deceased was murdered.

Vandy told the court he knew the second accused person as his brothers-in-law, and that on 13January, 2015 while at home, the first accused (Kennie) came and asked after the second accused and  that when he (Vandy) inquired as to why, he replied that they had to discuss about a chieftaincy issue. He said he overheard the first accused telling the second accused that he had visited a herbalist who told him to avail a pint of human blood and the first accused suggested they kill the town chief.

He said the following day the first accused approached him and requested his help in a certain mission, but he refused and proceeded to his farm. He said after he returned in the evening he was told about the disappearan ce of the deceased. He said that at around 7 pm he went to drink palm wine and on his way back home he saw the first accused holding the hand of the deceased who had been declared missing.

He said when he enquired with the first accused as to why he was holding the deceased hand the accused told him he was taking him to accomplish his mission.

“Immediately I went to the second accused and informed him about what the first accused told me and I told the second accused to go and remove the child from him, but the second accused later came and informed me that he did not see the first accused,’ said the witness.

The witness said the first accused called him subsequently and asked whether he was a member of the Kamajors (local hunters) or Poro (male secret) society, as members of both groups cannot betray their own.

“The first accused asked me to drink blood and took an oath or swear on the Kamajor society in order not to prosecute him.  The first accused also threatened that if I expose him he will shot me with witch gun,” said the witness.

The witness further explained that Chief John Hassan instructed youth in the village to search for the missing child, while the first and second accused went to a herbalist, with the latter offering the herbalist Le10,000 to do everything in his power to kill the matter.

He said the searchers found the remains of the deceased, while the accused persons were arrested and taken to the Kenema Police Station for interrogation.

The matter was adjourned to today for further hearing.

Kennie Amadu Saffa and Brima Nabieu are the accused persons in a preliminary investigation at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, on two counts of conspiracy to murder and murder contrary to law, following the disappearance and death of a four-year-old boy in Ngewabu village, Falla-Wondor chiefdom,  Kenema district, on 13 January.