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Police testifies in lawmakers’ robbery matter

March 1, 2021

By Jeneba A Conteh

Detective Sergeant 8951 Mamunatu Turay attached to the Scientific Support Department (SSD) at Waterloo Police Division last Friday testified against Yusifu Barrie, Abass Bangura and five others, who allegedly robbed Alhaji Musa Bamba Foray, Member of Parliament for Constituency 056.

The detective who testified before Magistrate Wilibri Hamida Moria John presiding at the Ross Road court No.1, recalled that on 13th September, 2020, while she was on duty at the said police station, Detective Constable 17921 Fayie A. A  requested her to accompany him to the alleged crime scene at No.54 old Railway Line Lumpa, Waterloo.

She testified that upon their arrival at the complainant’s residence, she observed that the window was damaged and that when they proceeded to the parlour it was observed that the door was also completely damaged.

She told the court that they later visited Waterloo Government Hospital where the complainant was hospitalized with serious injuries he had sustained during the attack.

The witness said she took photos of all what was observed at the scenes which she attempted to tender in court.

But defends counsel, Maddieu Sesay objected to the tendering of the documents on the grounds that the source of the photos should be tendered first.

In his response, the State Prosecutor asked for a stand down so that Madam Turay will charge her phone which she used to take the photos so that she would tender it.

After few minutes, the matter was re-mentioned but the Court Clerk was not around which made the magistrate to withdraw the file for ruling.

Meanwhile, the matter was adjourned to 10th March, 2020, for further hearing.

The accused persons were before the court on four count charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, wounding with intent, robbery with aggravation, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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