The witness further disclosed, that she recalled 27 July 2015, and that on the above stated, she went for bathe together with son but that, she wanted to first bathe her son and after that, she then asked the victim to go inside the room, as she was very pressed and wanted to attend to nature in her private chamber or called it stool few yards to the outside bathroom.
She informed the court that, while she was using the private chamber or stool close to the outside bathroom, she said she suddenly heard the victim crying and shouting her name; mama come out Aunty Serray, the 1st accused and Zone two the 2nd accused have splash hot water on my face, stating that she immediately dislodged and rushed to the scene, where she saw the 2nd accused Aminata Kamara running up to the main street within Benguma community in the outskirt of Freetown.
According to the witness, she also saw the 2nd accused, Aminata Kamara entering her residence which is very close to her residence, and that since she could not traced them, she then returned to attend to her child and in the process, she realized that her son had sustained injuries on his face and his left eye visually impaired.
“I took my son to a nurse but she refused to administer treatment, and later advised me to take him to the Connaught hospital. But before that, I decided to report the matter to the police and I was issued a police medical report form which was approved by the police referral doctor after conducting series of medical examination on the victim before I was eventually admitted at the Connaught hospital in the central part of Freetown,” the victim’s mother lamented.
Madam Marie Muna concluded her testimony by stating that, she made statement to the police in respect of the incident and a social worker also obtained statements from the victim.
During cross-examination by Counsel for the accused person, I.P. Mamie, the witness responded that the 1st accused residence is about one hundred meters to her residence and 2nd accused, thirty meters, adding that after the accused persons had committed their dastardly act, they fled the scene leaving her son crying and shouting out for help.
She also responded to questions from Counsel for the accused persons that, she vividly saw the 1st accused person running away from the scene after splashing caustic soda on the victim’s face and never had any altercation with any woman for her husband and concluded that both accused persons were the very people that threw caustic soda in her son’s face and body leaving him with incurable and everlasting eye problem.
The State was represented by Augustine Sheku, while I.P.Mamie represented the accused persons.
The matter comes again on Monday 25 July 2016.