They are charged with the offences of Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, Robbery with Aggravation and Murder, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone. The accused persons allegedly committed the said offences in Freetown.
While testifying with tears running down her cheeks, Saibatu Bangura disclosed that the deceased was her only biological son and remembered the murder incident at Tenbgeh Town on 30 March 2017.
She further disclosed in court that on 30 March 2017, she was at her No.79 Lumley Road residence in Freetown, processing ginger beer drink, when she heard her friend calling out her name; who later told her that her son, Tom Davies had been stabbed.
According to her, a few minutes later she received a telephone call informing her that her son had died at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown.
She informed the court that the following morning the remains of her son were splattered all over the social media, displaying the brutal way her son, Tom Davies was killed.
Another prosecution witness, Skeka Kargbo also testified that the deceased was his friend and that on 30 March 2017, they were preparing for a night class ahead of the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination.
He added that the deceased was going for the said night class, when he was attacked by the accused persons before they robbed him of his bag, noting that the deceased ran to a friend called Hassan, who advised that they should go after the accused persons to retrieve the stolen bag.
Sheka Kargbo informed the court that he followed the deceased and Hassan, and on arrival, he met the deceased and the accused persons engaged in a bitter argument, and also saw the third accused Musa armed with a knife and a stick.
According to him, one of the culprits called Jeremiah who is on run, even threatened to slap him, if he put up any resistance. He stressed that the third accused person grabbed the deceased from his back before stabbing him.
He went on to say that since the accused persons were armed with sticks and knife and other offensive weapons, he fled the scene and hid himself in a secluded area not too far from the scene of crime.
The witness added that while he was hiding, he heard passers-by saying that Tom Davies had been killed and that blood was gushing out from a gaping wound.
He told the court that he later rushed with the deceased to the King Harman Road Hospital, but was informed that there was no doctor to treat the deceased, and so he took the deceased to the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone Hospital, but was told the same.
Skeka Kargo further stated that he eventually took Tom Davies to the Connaught Hospital, where he died sometime later.
Lawyer E.T Jalloh and C.S Sesay from the Law Officers Department represented the state. The first, second and third accused persons were defended by Lawyer O.C Spencer-Coker, while the fourth accused person was defended by Lawyer D.F Edwards.
The presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Monfred Sesay ordered that all the accused persons be remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown and adjourned the matter to Wednesday 4 July, 2018.