mAY 22, 2015 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Matron Ruby Williams of the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) yesterday told a Freetown magistrate court how the duty rooster was forged on the night a one-day-old baby boy was allegedly stolen at the hospital.
In her testimony before Magistrate Albert J. Moody of the Magistrates’ Court No.2, Matron Williams told the court that on the night of 20 December, 2014 four nurses were supposed to be on duty, but only the first accused (Henrietta Khatty) signed in for duty. She said the name next to Khatty’s was scratched off and is not legible.
She admitted knowing the complainant, Sia Sesay, and all the accused persons. She said the first accused was on duty at Ward 3, where the alleged incident took place. She recalled that on 21 December, 2014 at around 6am she received a call from an unknown person informing her about the incident which prompted her to come to the facility.
“I met all the accused persons at the security post. I asked for the nurse in charge and interrogated her together with the other accused persons. I later forwarded the matter to the medical superintendent at the hospital for further investigations,” she said.
The matron told the court that she also asked the complainant to explain her side of the story.
The witness revealed that the husband of the complainant subsequently came with a police officer who invited all the accused persons to the police station for investigations. “The Medical Superintendent later asked me to write a report on the issue which I did. I copied one Aminata Nyuma, Mariatu Kamara and Nima Kailondo,” the matron explained.
The duty rooster was tendered as Exhibit ‘J’
The accused persons, Henritta Khatty, Fuad Sorie Kamara, James Tamba Junior and Gibril Badamasie were arraigned on three counts of conspiracy, child stealing and forgery, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
The matter will come up again on 27 May, 2015.