Murder Accused Remanded

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July 19, 2018

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Abdul Karim Sesay, 24, was yesterday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown pending his alleged murder trial.

The accused person is alleged to have murdered one Mohamed Kamara on Thursday, 9th July 2015 at Sara Kalokoh Garage, main Bassa Town in the Western Area.

State Counsel Joseph A.K. Sesay told Justice Monfred Sesay that the accused used an iron rod to stab the victim on his head, and that the deceased was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Yesterday, the prosecutor summoned four witnesses – Sara Kalokoh, Ibrahim Kargbo, Detective Sergeant 7793 Jalloh M. and DPC 13174 Kargbo M. to testify in the matter.

Sara Kalokoh, a motor mechanic, told the court the deceased was his apprentice.

Kalokoh said he and the deceased were repairing a RAV4 vehicle when the accused materialise at the garage and confronted the deceased and hit him twice on his hand.

The prosecution witness narrated that the matter was reported at the Waterloo Police Station where the police issued a medical request form which they took to Rokupa Government Hospital for treatment, before the victim was pronounced dead.

Detective Sergeant 7793 Jalloh M., attached to the Criminal Investigations Department at Waterloo, who doubles as the scene-of-crime officer, said he recalled the day of the incident -10th July 2015 – when DPC 13174 Kargbo M. requested that he visit the scene of the alleged murder.

Detective Sergeant Jalloh said that a pinch bar was identified to them by the owner of the garage as the murder instrument, adding that detectives took photos of the scene.

 “I was directed to Paw Paw Road, off Yorkor Road, where I saw the deceased lying on the ground prostrate. I took photos of him and I later conveyed his remains to Connaught mortuary,’’ he said.

He said that on 15th July 2015 he witnessed the post-mortem examination which was conducted by Dr. Owizz Koroma, adding that a copy of the report was handed over to DPC 13174 Kargbo M.

Fourth prosecution witness DPC 13174 Kargbo M. said he was on duty when one Mohamed Kamara reported the matter of assault against the accused and he issued a medical form to him for treatment.

“On the 10th July 2015, I and a team of police investigators visited the scene-of-crime at Sara Garage, Waterloo, where the fighting occurred and on the same date I and Sgt. 7793 Jalloh M. went to the residence of the accused where he was caught, arrested and they took him to the station for statement,’’ he said.

The matter continues.