Yesterday July 19th 2017, the first prosecution witness, Detective Sergeant 378 Ghatina Johnny testified in court before Magistrate Albert Moody presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at the Main Law Court Building in Freetown said that he is attached at the Central Police Station. He first told the court that he recognized the accused person, Lamin Sesay alias Ongback and the complainant Abu Bakarr.
He went on to say that on Saturday 6th of July 2016 he was on duty at the Central Police Station when the complainant brought in one Ibrahim Jalloh AKA 50 Mark of Coast Clique and reported a case of murder against the accused person Lamin Sesay alias Ongback who is a member of the Coast Clique group. He added that according to the complainant, Abu Bakarr told him that he saw two blue color handkerchiefs, a black and red color muffler at the scene. He disclosed further that the complainant, Abu Bakarr alleged that Ibrahim and his associate murdered the deceased Saidu Kamara.
Detective Sergeant 378 Ghatina Johnny continued that on the same date Saturday June 6 2016, Ibrahim Jalloh the alleged head of the Coast Clique opted to lead a combine team of military and police officers to the resident and hangout of members of the Clique. He added that they also visited the scene of crime and the wife of the deceased identified the corpse of the deceased who was lying in a pool of blood with a red muffler tied on the neck of the late Saidu Kamara, pieces of broken bottles , some cannabis sativa and a pair of red and black sleepers. He went on to say that Abu Bakarr took them to the residents of Ibrahim and the accused person, Lamin Sesay. Detective Sergeant 378 Ghatina Johnny disclosed that they noticed that the accused person had already taken to his hills. He added that they arrested quite a huge member of the Coast Clique members. He continued to say that on Thursday March 2nd 2017, he was on duty at the Central Police Station when one Aminata Kanu , one of the mothers of the Clique Boys arrested and brought in the accused person and he obtained statement from her and on Friday 4th March 2017, he cautioned and questioned the accused person, Lamin Sesay and he made statement in krio and the statement was recorded down in English and the said statement was read and explain over to the accused person. The statement of the accused person was tendered as exhibit or evidence to the court that was marked A1-10. Detective Sergeant 378 Ghatina Johnny added that on Wednesday March 15th 2017, they charged the accused person with the offenses of conspiracy to murder and murder contrary to law.
Magistrate Albert Moody after hearing the testimony of the first prosecution witness ordered that the accused person , Saidu Kamara be incarcerated at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Center in Freetown and adjourned the case to Monday 31st July 2017 for continuation.
The accused person, Lamin Sesay was charged to court on two counts charge of conspiracy to murder contrary to section 11 of the offenses against the person Act 1961 and murder contrary to law. According to police charged sheet, the accused person Lamin Sesay alias Ongback on 6th June 2015 at Edwards Street in Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone conspired with other persons unknown to murder and murdered Saidu Kamara alias Jamaican.
The prosecutor is Assistant Superintendent of Police Samuel Kamara and the Defense Counsel is Lawyer Sahid Sesay.
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