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Kroobay murder:

Witness tells court how deceased was murdered

February 17, 2015 By Hawa Amara

First prosecution witness in the ongoing murder trial involving three accused persons yesterday told the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 2 how the deceased was murdered.

Cornelius Jeffery told the court that on 1st January 2015, he and the deceased were at the Kroobay community field when the third accused and a friend of the deceased started quarreling. He explained that the deceased then intervened to separate the two when the third accused allegedly grabbed a bottle, hit it on the ground and then inflicted a deep cut on the deceased’s left jaw.

The witness said he then reported the incident to the chairman of the Kroobay community, who he said opted to take care of the deceased’s injury.

“Some boys started provoking the deceased, which infuriated him. He then took a bottle and confronted the third accused; I decided to run away.

“I ran towards the direction where the deceased and the accused were running to, there and then I saw the first accused hit the deceased with a metal bench that caused the deceased to fall to the ground. The third accused then stabbed him with a bottle,” the witness told the court, adding that he was about to take the deceased to the hospital when a motorbike rider – whom he had stopped to convey the deceased to the hospital – asked him to take a good look at the deceased.

“I then noticed that the deceased had already died,” he explained.

The witness was cross-examined by defence counsel S. Nicol.

It could be recalled that the accused persons were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 2 presided over by Magistrate Albert Moody on two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, to wit murder, and murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons – Sheika Sesay, Isaac Williams and Philip Daramy – on Thursday 1st January 2015 at Kroobay, murdered Anthony Gray.

The matter was adjourned to 18 February.

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