Witness identifies Cop killers
February 11, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Second prosecution witness in the ongoing preliminary investigation into the Tengeh Town murder of Operational Support Division (OSD) officer Daniel Salieu Kamara, has identified the second accused as one of three armed robbers that attacked the house of one Mohamed Abass and brutally murdered the OSD orderly.
Julian Bangura, testifying at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, said the first accused was his relative, while he had known the second accused since they were attending primary school.
He recalled that on the night of January 1, 2015, he went to bed at around 2:15am and was woken up by strange voices outside commanding everybody to get inside or be killed.
He said he came outside to know what was happening, as he thought his friend who was drunk was having a brawl with his girlfriend.
“When I opened the gate to cheek what was happening I saw one man standing outside the gate with a gun, who commanded me to go back inside or he will kill me,” Bangura testified. “I had to run into my house and locked the door and while I was inside my room I was trying to see outside by looking through a manhole but I couldn’t while the noise and gun shots continued outside.”
He added that as the noise and gun shots stopped he saw one of the three men holding a gun telling the others to flee, and among them he saw the second accused person, Hector Sesay.
He said Police Officers later came to the crime scene, before he came out and saw the OSD guard in a pool of blood, as people were crying and saying ‘he is dead!’. He said he later made a statement to the police.
Solomon Bondi and Hector Sesay are being preliminarily investigated, in accordance with Sierra Leone’s criminal code, for robbery with aggravation and murder.
Police prosecutors charge the duo with five counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery with aggravation and murder contrary to law.
Prosecutor, Inspector J.M. Sanja, alleged that the accused persons on Thursday, 1t January, 2015, conspired with some unknown individuals to commit a felony, murder, and robbery with aggravation at No.9 Off Beckley Lane, Tengbeh Town, west of Freetown.
The duo is also alleged to have on the same date and at the same residence robbed one Mohamed Abass property worth Le9,875,000, as well as robbed the deceased of his AK47 rifle valued US$1,400, plus a fully loaded magazine containing 30 live bullets, valued US$150. Both the rifle and ammunition are property of the Sierra Leone Police Force.
The matter continues on February 16.