Two accused remanded for alleged murder

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By Elizabeth Kamara

Eighteen-year-old student, Abdul Alpha Turay and 49-year-old security guard Amara Sesay made their first appearance before Magistrate Sahr Kekura at Pademba Road Court No.1 in Freetown.

The accused are facing two charges of murder.

According to the particulars of the offense, Turay and Sesay are accused of killing Amara Mansaray, contrary to Section 4 of the Offense Against the Person’s Act 1816.

The charge sheet states that on April 10, 2024, at Coker Drive off Regent Road Lumley, Freetown, in the Western Area of Sierra Leone, the accused conspired with unknown individuals to murder Amara Mansaray.

Count two cites Section 1 of the Offense Against the Person’s Act 1861, as repealed and replaced by Section 1(a) of the Schedule of the Abolition of the Death Penalty Act 2021, Act No.6 of 2022.

Inspector Mabel M. Tarawally led the first witness, Abdul Abdel Kargbo, who identified himself as a student and the brother of the deceased. Kargbo testified that he recognized the accused and recalled the events of April 10, 2024.

 He stated that he woke up around 5:00 am and went to their usual spot where he often sat with the first accused and the deceased.

Kargbo recounted that the first accused approached him, mentioning that he had seen the deceased, Amara Mansaray, with two bunches of wood at the mosque by Sheriff Drive.

The first accused allegedly locked the mosque gate, accused Mansaray of theft, and began beating him. Kargbo further testified that the deceased ran to the mosque caretaker for help, but the caretaker pushed him down.

While sitting with the first accused, someone informed them that the boy they were beating was dead. They rushed to the scene, where Kargbo discovered his brother’s lifeless body.

He immediately informed his family, who arrived at the scene to find police officers present. Nine people were arrested and taken to Lumley Police Station, where Kargbo provided a statement.

Magistrate Sahr Kekura denied bail to both accused persons and remanded them at the Male Correctional Center in Freetown. The case has been adjourned to June 6 for further hearing.

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