July 2, 2021
By Yusufu S. Bangura
One Sento Kamara, 28, a petty trader, on Thursday, 1st July, 2021, shed tears in court after the court clerk read the charges to her for allegedly killing her sister.
According to the police file, the accused on Thursday, 22nd December 2020, at St Mary’s Drive, Hill Station in Freetown, murdered her sister,Fatu Sesay.
After the charges were read to the accused, she didn’t take any plea because the offence is a capital offence.
Giving his evidence in chief, Abu John Bangura, husband to the deceased, recognised the accused as her sister-in-law and recalled on the date in question.
The witness said on that fateful day, he was inside his room around 2:30pm when he heard the deceased telling her mother to have an eye on the accused for her not to escape.
He added that upon hearing that information he came out his bedroom and advised that the accused be given her liberty, because the accused is a mature woman.
He said one Gabriel was passing by when the deceased called him and informed him that the accused wanted to escape.
“After stopping them, I later returned to my bedroom. I was inside the room when the accused and the deceased started quarrelling and later I heard Gabriel shouting that the accused had stabbed the deceased with a knife on her right side. I later came out and remove the knife out from the deceased and blood started oozing,” he said.
He continued that the accused started running but that he chased and later caught her.
He narrated that, after sometime; he took the deceased to the 34 Military Hospital for treatment, while he later went to the Ekon Police Station and reported the matter.
He said the deceased took four days at the hospital before she finally passed on, adding that after the death of the deceased her remains were taken to the Connaught Mortuary for post mortem examination.
“In my presence, the autopsy was done on the remains of the deceased, and, at the end, the death certificates together with the remains were handed over to us for burial,” he said.
During cross-examination, the accused asked the witness if she was conscious when she committed the said act, the witness responded that he didn’t know anything about her status.
After the testimony of the witness, Magistrate Mark Ngegba presiding at the Pademba Road Court No.2 remanded the accused at the Female Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter to Thursday, 8th July, 2021.