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Lawyers end cross-examination in murder trial


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Initially responding to questions posed by Lawyer Ishmael Philip Mammie, who was defending the first accused, Demoh Bangura, before Justice John Bosco Allieu of the High Court of Sierra Leon, the witness stated that he last set eyes on the deceased on 25 March 2016, and also visited the deceased at his compound at N0.7k Upper Tengbeh town on the same date.

She told the court that she resides at Wilberforce in the west part of Freetown, but spent the best part of her life in the residence of the deceased, stating that on hearing the mysterious disappearance of his brother who was the deceased, she enquired from the first accused, Demoh Bangura who was their eldest step sister, at the aforementioned residence about the whereabouts of the deceased.

According to her,  the first accused replied by stating that she had no business as far as the disappearance of Patrick Bangura was concerned, stressing that the deceased went missing on the 26 of March 2016, and as result of this , she also enquired from the deceased wife about the whereabouts of  her husband.

Responding further to questions posed by lawyer Cecelia Taulker who was representing the second accused , Shollay Val Renner  and the third accused David Sesay, the witness intimated that the remains of the deceased was discovered in a latrine pit at the above mentioned address on 11 May 2016.

She confirmed that multiple residents used the latrine pit in question, and she usually attend to the call of nature in the same latrine pit, and that the first accused was her eldest step sister, who usually confronted the deceased with threatening remarks, no sooner the deceased started constructing a two story building in the same compound at N0.7k Upper Tengbeh town in Freetown.

Madam Zainab Bangura informed the court session that the deceased was taking care of her children, and was not terminally ill, because according to her, the deceased went to work on Monday before he went missing on the following day, and added that she last spoke with the deceased on 25 March 2016.

The witness also recalled that the third accused, David Sesay demanded the keys to one of the rooms at the same residence, before using a hammer to damaged the padlock, and concluded by responding  that the deceased was not in good speaking terms speaking terms with the accused, prior to his untimely  demise.

The three accused persons, Demoh Bangura, Shollay Val Renner and David Sesay were charged with the offences of conspiracy to commit murder and murder, contrary to offences against person’s act of 1861, of the laws of Sierra Leone.

 The particulars of offences indicated that all three accused persons conspired with other persons unknown to murder Patrick Bangura at his N0. 7k Upper Tengbeh town residence in Freetown, in the Republic of Sierra Leone, and dumped his remains in a latrine pit at the same residence.

The state was represented by J M S Bull and A Kargbo and Justice John Bosco Allieu ordered that all three accused to be remanded at the Male and Female Correctional Centres in the west part of the country’s capital Freetown.

The matter was adjourned to 24 April 2017, for the testimony of the third prosecution witness.

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