September 6, 2018
By Yusufu S. Bangura
One Kadiatu Mansaray, 36, a petty trader, was yesterday (Wednesday, 5th September) remanded at the Female Correctional Centre in Freetown, pending his alleged murder trial.
Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ibrahim S. Mansaray, alleged that the accused person on Sunday, 15th July 2018, at Pipe Line, Moyeba, Off Mount Aureol in Freetown, murdered one Alpha Kamara, 78.
Detective Sergeant 4962 Belliah G.J., attached at Mountain Police Division, is the investigator who charged the matter to court. He recognised the accused persons and recalled that one Alie Ganda reported a case of assault on behalf of Alpha Kamara (deceased).
He said he obtained statements from the complainant and his witnesses, adding “On the 15th July 2018 I obtained voluntary caution statement from the accused person and her witnesses. The statement was witnessed by Detective Sergeant 5792 Dumbuya A. and I signed as the recorder.”
He testified that on the 18th July, 2018, the police received information from the complainant that Alpha Kamara was dead.
“Upon receiving that information, I and the Scene-of-Crime Officers went to the scene. At the scene, we observed blood was oozing from the deceased with a scar on his body,” he said and added that the corpse was later taken to the Connaught hospital mortuary for postmortem.
He further told the court that on the 23rd July, he and the Scene-of-Crime officers witnessed the postmortem examination which was conducted on the deceased by Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma and photographs were taken by the officers. He said at the end of the process, the result as to the cause of death was handed over to the officers.
“On the 9th August, 2018, I and Detective Sergeant 5792 Dumbuya charged the accused person with the offense of murder contrary to law,” he said.
During cross-examination by M.Y. Tarawallie, the witness told the court that the accused told him fighting broke out in the compound during the incident and stones were thrown all about.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Mohamed Santigie Bangura, presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No1, remanded the accused and adjourned the matter to 11th September.