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OSD officer in court for ‘killing soldier’

May 4, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Mohamed Kanu, 35, an Operational Support Division (OSD) officer of the Sierra Leone Police, who is alleged to have murdered army Sergeant 18167127 Salifu Turay, made his maiden court appearance Friday, 1 May at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda.

The accused is being investigated on one count of murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone, and could have the matter committed to the High Court for trial if the magistrate is convinced that he has a case to answer.

The accused, who was in a civilian dress, looked somber in the dock.

According to police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent T.B. Zizer, the accused murdered his victim on Wednesday, 18 March, 2015 at Bathurst village, Gloucester, apparently out of jealousy as they were both dating the same woman.

The prosecutor said the lady in question is the spouse of the deceased. He said in 2012 the couple had a scuffle, which prompted the wife to move in with the accused until 7 February, 2015 when she reconciled with her estranged husband (the deceased).

The prosecution also alleged that the accused on 16March called the deceased and informed him about certain investors who were in town and wanted to invest in his land. He added that the deceased was found dead by one Private Kallon on 18 March this year.

Three military police officers were in court to observe proceedings.

The involvement of OSD officers in alleged murder incidents is not unprecedented as a couple of them have been charged with the murder of their colleagues and civilians in recent times. The accused was remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road until the next hearing on 7 May when the prosecution is expected to open their case.

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