Witness says: ‘I saw the deceased lying dead in the bathroom’
August 21, 2015
Fourth prosecution witness, Adikalie Kanu, in the murder and rape trial involving one Sorie Conteh, yesterday told the court he saw the victim lying dead in the bathroom of an unfinished building at Regent.
The prosecution alleges that Fatmata Tarawally was raped and murdered by the accused at Regent village, in the Mountain Rural District of Freetown.
The witness said on 28 June, 2015 he was woken up by one Ibrahim who asked that he give him a pot. He said Ibrahim then pointed at the deceased who was lying in a bathroom inside the unfinished building dead. He said he went into the bathroom and saw the half naked body of the deceased, and that he later informed one Mohamed who told him not to disclose his discovery to anyone until he (Mohamed) had notified the caretaker, Abu Bakarr Thonroka. He said police officers came to the scene later and invited him to make a statement at the Mountain Police Division.
Also testifying, Detective Police Constable 12163 Edward Alfred Bull of the Mountain Police Division said that on 28 June, 2015 one Mohamed Tarawally, father of the deceased, reported a murder incident.
He said the matter was assigned to him for investigation and that he took a team of detectives and Ebola response officers to the crime scene at Batho, Regent village.
DPC Bull said they found the deceased lying in a pool of blood at the crime scene, and that he took snapshots, before the corpse was identified by father of the victim, Mohamed Tarawally and some other relatives.
He said the corpse was subsequently conveyed to the Connaught hospital for postmortem examination, adding that occupants of the unfinished building – Abu Bakarr Thoronka, Adikalie Kanu (fourth prosecution witness), Kapril Sesay and the accused, Soire Conteh – were invited for questioning at the Mountain Police Division.
The witness said on 1 July, in the presence of Detective Sergeant 857 Kanu A., DPC 12286 Kaimapo V.H, and Sergeant 7762 Marvin F., he obtained voluntary caution statement from the accused, which the latter admitted to be true and correct by affixing his right hand tomb print.
The witness said the file and the accused were later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters for further investigation.
The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 on two counts of murder and rape, contrary to law.