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Seven accused sent back to prison for murder

August 6, 2020

By Yusufu S. Bangura

On Wednesday, 5th August, 2020, Daniel Sellu, John Junior Kamara, Albert Momoh, Alfred James Momoh and three others made their fourth appearances before Justice Monfred Sesay.

The accused were before the High Court on three count charges of conspiracy to commit murder, murder and robbery with aggravation contrary to Section 23(1) (a) of the Larceny Act of 1916 as repealed and replaced by Section 2 of the Imperial Statues.

State Prosecutor, Joseph A. K Sesay alleges that the accused persons on the 10th and 12th February, 2017, at Hill Cut Road in Freetown, the accused conspired with other persons unknown to commit murder and they did murder Zaioux Sesay.

The State also alleges that the accused persons on the same date armed with gun robbed the complainant one mobile phone valued Le7, 000,000 million Leones, and a physical cash.

In his evidence in chief, Detective Inspector Osman Fofanah attached to the Anti-robbery unity, Lumley Policy Station, said he knew the accused persons in respect of the matter and recalled on the 14th February, 2017.

He told the court that, he was on duty at the said station when an alleged case of robbery and murder were allocated to him for investigation.

He said he later learnt that other police officers have visited the scene of crime at Hill cut Road and took photos and escort the remains of the deceased to the Connaught mortuary.

He told the court that himself and the then Inspector Saio Conteh visited the scene of crime and upon their arrival they obtained statement from the wife of the deceased.

He said on the 15th February, 2017, he and Detective Police Constable 13188 Josephous N. revisited the scene and obtained statement from witnesses.

“On the 20th February 2017, I and Detective Inspector Mohamed Dumbuya witnessed the autopsy examination of the deceased at the Connaught mortuary that was conducted by Dr. Owizz Koroma and at the end of the process a certificate of the course of death was handed over to us,” he said.

He continued that on the same date, he obtained statement from the 3th accused which led to the arrest of the 1st accused.

He added that on the 24th February, 2017, he was instructed by his boss to transfer the case file to the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters for further investigations.

He underscored that on the 25th February, he was sent to Criminal Investigations Department to continue with the investigation and on that day, Detective Inspector Mohamed Dumbuya handed over to him two empty bullet shells, one pair of green slippers and a black and yellow torchlight that were discovered from the scene.

He explained that on 4th March 2017, he obtained additional caution statement from the wife of the deceased which also triggered the arrest of the 4th accused, and on the 12th March, he and his colleagues arrested the 1st and 5th accused persons respectively and were kept in custody at the Criminal Investigations Department.

Meanwhile, Justice Sesay remanded the accused persons at the Male Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter to Wednesday 12th August, for the witness to continue his testimony.

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