Testifying before the presiding magistrate, who deputized Magistrate Albert Moody of court N0.1 in Freetown, he stated that he was attached to the Criminal Investigations Department branch at the central police division, on Wallace Johnson Street in the central part of Freetown capital and recognized the accused person in the dock.
He narrated that he vividly recalled the incident of 10 April 2017, and that on the aforementioned date he was on duty at the criminal investigation department branch at the central police station, when a certain Abu Bangura went and reported a case of murder that occurred at the new hill side road, off Berry Street in Freetown.
Mohamed Konneh further narrated that the case file was allocated to him for further investigation and during the cause of the investigation, a team of detectives together with Abu Bangura left for the scene of crime.
On arrival at the scene of crime, he went on to state that the complainant showed them blood stain on the ground including the remains of deceased Alpha Kamara, and they took photographs of the deceased before he was transferred to the Connaught hospital mortuary on Light foot Boston street in Freetown.
According to the witness, the government forensic and consultant pathologist who is also Chief Superintendent of the Sierra Leone Police Force, Dr. Simeon Owiss Koroma conducted postmortem examination on the remains of Alpha Kamara, stressing that the deceased postmortem result had long been tendered in evidence, as part of the court records in respect of the matter before the court.
He furthered that on 12 April 2017, relatives of the deceased arrested and brought in accused Umaru Barlu Sesay and that a certain Abdul Sesay confirmed to police that he did see the accused among a group of young people at Berry Street on the day of the incident that led to the murder of Alpha Kamara.
The witness told the court that voluntary caution statement was obtained from the accused, which he produced and tendered in evidence and on 17 June 2017, he charged the accused person with the offence of murder contrary to offences against person’s act of 1861 of the laws of Sierra Leone, by observing the judges rule and the accused validated his charged statement by signing in his own hand writing.
Magistrate Hannah Bonnie had adjourned proceedings on the said matter to 15 August 2017.