Man remanded for arson, murder


By Hawa Amara

One Abu Bakarr Kamara was yesterday remanded at the maximum security prison at Pademba Road for allegedly murdering Mohamed Kamara Jr. and Pa Sorie Kamara, and burning the house of Sulaiman Bangura at A.J. Momoh Street, Tower Hill, Freetown.

The accused person was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on two counts of murder contrary to law and one count of arson contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleges that the accused on 27 April, 2014 murdered the deceased persons at the aforementioned address and maliciously set fire on the dwelling house of Sulaiman Bangura.

According to police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Raymond B. Dunnia, the deceased persons died inside the house after the accused set fire on it.

In another development in the same court, Magistrate Kamanda also ordered that one Franklyn Moore be remanded at the Pademba Road prison after he was arraigned for alleged physical and verbal abuse on one Memunatu Kamara, with whom he was in a domestic relationship.

The accused was arraigned on two counts of domestic violence contrary to section 2(1) of the Domestic Violence Act No.20 of 2007.

The prosecution says the alleged incident occurred on 1 December, 2013 at No.20 Back Street, Kissy, Freetown.

In her brief explanation in court, the victim revealed that the accused was her boyfriend and that she was pregnant for him. She said they became lovers after the accused paid a debt she owed someone. She said the accused changed his attitude towards her no sooner she informed him she was pregnant, and would utter invective against her and her family thereafter.

She said: “I went to his mother to report the matter and the accused then came out of the house and slapped me and even hit me in my stomach. I reported the incident to the police and the matter was charged to court.”

The matter is prosecuted by Inspector Conteh S.