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Pregnant woman committed to High Court for murder

May 23, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura

After completing preliminary investigations, Magistrate Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara, presiding at court No. 1, yesterday (22nd May 2017) committed to the High Court, a six months pregnant woman, Fatmata Kamara aka Wotho, who allegedly stabbed her husband (Alpha Kamara) to death.

Fatmata was in court on one count of murder, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Hawa Bah, alleged that the accused, on Tuesday 18th April, 2017, at Moa Wharf, east of Freetown, murdered her husband.

Testifying before the court, Detective Police Constable 11186, Alie Daramy Koroma, attached to Criminal Investigation Department, said he was on duty on the day of the incident when one Ibrahim Kamara (brother of the deceased) assisted by Sergeant 861, Conteh Leleh J., arrested and brought the accused person on allegation of murder.

He said a team of police personnel visited the scene of crime at Moa wharf and returned with a kitchen knife, which the accused allegedly used to kill her husband.

Koroma said statement was obtained from the complainant and witness respectively, and that the said statements were read and explained to them, which they accepted to be true and correct by affixing their right hand tomb print.

He added that on Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Scene of Crime Officer, (SOCO) and some relatives of the deceased, witnessed the autopsy examination conducted by government pathologist, Dr. Owizz Koroma, and the accused was subsequently charged with the offence of murder.

Meanwhile, the pregnant woman was committed to the High Court without bail, as there was no legal representation for her.

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