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Wife testifies in husband’s murder trial

March 10, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Memunatu Jalloh, wife of alleged manslaughter victim David Kargbo, yesterday testified against the accused, John Manoh Sesay, in the Freetown High Court, presided over by Justice Miatta Samba.

The witness declined knowing the accused, but testified that she had lived with her deceased husband, a generator mechanic and bar owner, for over thirteen years.

She recalled on the 27and 28 September, 2014 when the deceased left for Allen Town, east of Freetown, to meet people who work on his building project.

In the following morning, she said, the deceased did not communicate with her as he used to and “I began to wonder as to what had gone wrong. His mother visited our residence and asked me to call him. She told me she had tried his phone line but it was completely switched off.”

According to her, she asked a boy whom she only identified as Ratty to go and check on the deceased at his building site at Allen Town.

She said the boy subsequently returned home and informed her that he was told the deceased had been shot.

She said she took old photos of the deceased and went to Ross Road Police Station, where it was confirmed that her husband had been shot, but taken to the Emergency Hospital for treatment, adding that the police advised her to go home and report in the morning.

She said she was asked to make a statement when she returned to the station the following morning, adding that she was making the statement when she received a phone call that her husband had died.

The accused is standing trial on one count of manslaughter, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone, with the prosecution alleging that he shot and killed the deceased on 27 September, 2014 in Freetown.

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