All the eight accused were charged with the offences of accessory before the facts, murder and conspiracy to commit, contrary to Section (4) of the offenses against persons act of 1861, of the laws of Sierra Leone.
The particulars of the offence stated that the accused were alleged to have conspired with other unknown persons to brutally murdered, Adeyemi Justin Patrick Johnson, between the dates of 8 November 2012, and 12 November 2012, at Wilberforce in the west part of Freetown.
During cross examination, F B Conteh, counsel representing first to the seventh accused persons, and the first prosecution witness, Mohamed Dauda Kabba responded that at the conclusion of investigation into the killing of Adeyemi Johnson, they realized that the deceased was murdered at his Wilberforce residence, in the morning hours of 12, November 2012.
The witness said that it was discretional for the investigating team to conducted search in houses close to the deceased residence, and that it was not imperative that they should search any house situated within the scene of crime, but that they would conduct search in houses where police needed to do so, as far as the investigation was concerned.
He went on to state that he could not recalled testifying that after the incidence that led to death of the deceased, Sylvanus Dauphine, the deceased inmate went and called out a certain Desmond, stating that their investigation also indicated that the deceased car was sold to a certain man named Aiah Senesie, by the second accused, Oma Majid.
The witness responded further to defense counsel that it was Aiah Senesie who took the said car to the Lumley Police Station, without registration number, but that they never recorded the engine and sashay number of the said car.
He told the court that he could not tell whether first accused, Alakeh Olu Johnson was living in affluence, but their investigation showed that she had a car, stressing that no independent civilian was present, when they conducted a search in the fifth accused, John Turay’s room, and properties belong to the deceased were discovered.
According to him, the eighth accused, Chernor Bah was residing within the Wilberforce community where the deceased was murdered, but that he was identified to them, as an accomplice to the offence committed for which they were being charged to court, and whisked from the maximum state custody, where he was remanded for another criminal offence, to the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarter for interrogation in respect of the killing of Adeyemi Justin Patrick Johnson.
He said at the time of the incident that led to the murder of the deceased, the eight accused was not incarcerated at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown, and could not also recalled the nomenclature of one of the accused who identified the eight accused to them, as one of the accomplice as far the murder of the deceased was concerned.
The eight accused persons included; Alakeh Olu Johnson, Oma Majid, Eustace Cole, Edward Joseph Moijueh, John Turay, Abdul Rashid Jalloh, Tommy Joseph, and Chernor Bah, and the state was represented by E.Y Mannah.
Justice Sam Margai adjourned the matter to Thursday 9 March 2017.