Murder accused denies making statement to police


April 1, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Murder accused Fatmata Tucker has denied making a statement to the police.

As the defence in the ongoing Lungi murder trial opened their case yesterday at the Freetown High Court presided over by Judge Alusine Sesay, the first accused, who is testifying in her own case, denied making a statement to detectives at the Criminal Investigation Department in Freetown.

She told the court she was transferred from the Lungi police station on 7 April, 2014, to Freetown, and that at around 3pm, a certain Sergeant Kabba and his colleagues asked her few questions in one of the offices at CID headquarters, which was teeming with detectives.

She said she explained what had transpired between her and the victim at a guest house in Lungi, but that a police officer called Kana shouted her down and called her a killer and murderer.

She told the court she requested for water to drink but the officers refused her, as a certain Mr. Kanu slapped her on the right jaw. She said that since that day she had said nothing further to the police, and that the only statement she made to the police was the one at the Lungi police station.

Fatmata Tucker was docked on one count of murder contrary law, as the prosecution alleged that she had murdered her boyfriend, Saidu Bangura, at Suffizan Guest House in Lungi, Port Loko District.

The matter continues.