July 8, 2020
By Yusufu S. Bangura
One N’tuma Mansaray, wife of Dr. Mamodu Mansaray (deceased) was on Tuesday 7th July, 2020, remanded at the Female Correctional Centre by Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Pademba Road Court No. 2 for allegedly killing her husband.
According to police, the accused on Monday 30th March, 2020, at Murray Town Barracks in Freetown, murdered her husband, Mamodu Mansaray.
Giving his evidence in court, Detective Inspector Mohamed Kargbo, attached to the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters, said he knew the accused and the deceased.
He recalled on Thursday 2nd April, 2020, whilst on duty at the said station, a transfer case and enquiry file together with the accused person were brought to the station by the crime officer of Congo Cross Police Station, ASP Abubakarr Kargbo, which he received.
He told the court that the case file contains four statements.
“I also received one old black knife with blood stain; one orange blouse with blood stain which was allegedly wore by the deceased and one window cotton with blood stain which was allegedly retrieved from the accused person. I handed them over to the exhibit clerk and one of the statements was a question statement of the accused,” he said.
Defence counsel, Ishmael P. Mamie objected to the tendering of the question statement claiming that the witness name is not in the file and statement was not obtained from the accused.
His objection was overruled by Magistrate Ngegba on the grounds that the witness is the custodian of the statement.
The witness continued that on Friday 3rd April, 2020, an autopsy was done on the remains of the deceased at the Connaught Mortuary and a copy of the postmortem result and the death certificate were handed over to him.
He underscored that after the autopsy, the remains of the deceased were handed over to the family members for burial.
“On the 18th April, 2020, I and Detective Sergeant 6566 Vangango N.J.K finally interviewed and charged the accused with the offence of murder and the charge statement was witnessed by Detective Sergeant 6566 Vangango N.J.K and I signed it as the recorder,” he said.
The matter was prosecuted by Detective Sergeant Hannah Newstead.