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Five Remanded For Ritual Murder


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He told the jam-packed court session that he recalled the incident of 7 December 2017, and on the aforementioned date he was on duty at the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarter, when Superintendent Akie Samura instructed him to form a team of personnel including him and liaise with  other detectives at the Motema Police Station in Kono District to investigate an  alleged ritual murder.

According to Detective Mohamed Kabba, the team comprised detective Sergeant 7799, Detective 9306 Quee .O, Superintendent Kadie Samura left for Motema Police Station, on 13 December 2016.

The witness narrated that on 14 December 2016; accused persons were identified to them and also assisted them during the course of their investigation. He further stated that the combined team of detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarter together with Motema Police Station conducted thorough investigations in various places at a village called Lelesedu in Kamaraa Chiefdom, Kono District.

 Detective Sergeant Mohamed Kabba submitted that the team eventually returned to Freetown on 12 January 2017, and charged accused persons with the offences of Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Murder, contrary to Offences Against Persons Act of the laws of Sierra Leone.

Before charges were preferred against accused persons, he said they cautioned and questioned the accused persons separately in Krio and they made responses in Krio, which were recorded in English separately.

 At the conclusion of the interview statement, he went on to say that each of the accused person statements were read and explained to them in Krio respectively, and they thoroughly vetted their statements before respectively finger prints their statement for validation.

The five alleged murders included, Komba Missah, the father of deceased Fatmata Missah, Vandi Ansumana, Tamba Mohamed Boima, and Komba Kamanda Gbana Sessie. 

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