The State claimed that both accused persons murdered one Hannah Bockarie at the Aberdeen –Lumley Beach Road way back in September 2015 and stuffed her vagina and mouth with sand.
In his testimony, the third prosecution witness, Detective Police Sergeant 8704 Bai Ibrahim Turay intimated that he is attached to the Criminal Investigation Department headquarter at Pademba Road in Freetown and vividly remembered the incident of 30 October 2015.
He informed the court that on the day in question, he was on duty at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarter, when a case and enquiry file was assigned to him for the purpose of preferring charges against Mohamed Lamin Kamara alias Coke N. Gin and Paul Corn.
Detective Police Sergeant 8704 Bai Ibrahim Turay further testified that he charged both accused persons with the above stated offences, after observing the Judge’s rule and the accused persons later validated their charge sheets and voluntary caution statements by affixing their right hand thump prints separately.
The charge sheet and voluntary caution statements of both accused persons were later produced and tendered in evidence separately, adding that himself and the lead investigator (now deceased) Mohamed Dauda Kabba visited the scene of crime at Aberdeen Lumley Beach Road in the west of Freetown to gather more evidence.
During cross-examination by Counsel representing the accused persons, Mohamed Lamin Kamara alias Coke N. Gin and Paul Corn, the witness responded that he was privy to the case and enquiry file before he preferred charges against both accused persons in the dock.
He further responded that both accused persons DNA tests were taken but later proved negative, and that he has been a police investigator for ten years, but could not remember when the accused persons were arrested by the police.
Detective Police Sergeant 8704 Bai Ibrahim Turay concluded that he could also not remember when the accused persons’ voluntary caution statements were obtained and added that the police visited the scene of crime at the Aberdeen–Lumley Beach Road on several occasions.
The State was represented by K. Conteh, while both accused persons, Mohamed Lamin Kamara alias Coke N. Gin and Paul Corn were defended by Lawyer Ishmael Philip Mammie.
Hon. Justice John Bosco Allieu adjourned the matter to 4th March 2019.