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Suspected Murderers of Nick Foster Make Second Appearance in Court in Sierra Leone
By Bintu Sesay & Ibrahim Gbao
Feb 11, 2009, 17:28
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Four suspects standing trial before Magistrate Steven Conteh of Magistrate Court No. 1 in connection with the brutal murder of British national Nick Foster yesterday made their second appearance to answer to eight count charges of murder, conspiracy, robbery with aggravation and receiving stolen properties.

The four suspects are Abu Bangura aka Bajejeh, Osman Kamara aka Witch, Alusine Kamara and a lady identified as Seray Kamara.

Testifying in court, the alleged fiance of the deceased, Umu Kanu, told the court that she recalled an incidence that occurred on Wednesday 21st January 2009 at Bolling Street, Kingtom, Freetown. According to her, she and the late Nick were sleeping together when four men barged into their bedroom asking for money.

She said the late Nick Foster told them he had no money at the time upon which they immediately fired a gun. She added that at the time, she had thought it was a warning shot and it was only after the armed men had departed that she realized Nick Foster had been shot in the chest.

Before the armed men left the bedroom, she recounted that she was dragged from under the bed where she had taken refuge and forced to help the intruders to open Nick Fosters suitcases. She explained how the men grabbed items of value from the room and also stated that they had openly expressed the desire to rape her but for the fact that the men were in a hurry to leave.

While all that was happening, she said the deceased was lying on the floor gasping but that by the time the armed men left the house and she went over to him, he had given up his last breath. At this point, the witness shed tears bitterly in court as she explained it was only then she realized it was not a warning shot but that he had actually been shot dead.

Lawyers for the accused persons offered no cross examination but the one suspect who did not have legal representation asked if the witness could identify him as one of those who entered the house to which the witness responded that she could not facially identify any of the armed men except by their heights as the place was dark at the time of the incidence.

A second prosecution witness, Julian Johnson, told the court that he knew the deceased as Nicolas Foster from England. He recalled that at about 3:00am that fateful morning, he received a phone call from a friend of his and later dressed up to go out and meet the friend by the gates. Whilst waiting for his friend, he said he heard foot steps coming towards him and four men suddenly placed him under gun point, demanding that he show them his bed room.

He said the men tied his hands behind his back and took away his two cell phones, a video camera and other valuables he was having in his possession. He said he was then left bound up whilst the men moved into Nick Fosters own room and later he heard a single gun shot.

No cross examination of the second witness was done whilst the matter was adjourned to 17th February 2009.

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