Police alleged that the three accused persons murdered Patrick Bangura and dumped his remains in a latrine pit at his 7k Upper Tengbeh Town residence in west end of Freetown.
Led in evidence by the lead state Counsel J M S Bull, Alex Humper testified that he recalled giving testimony and tendering the voluntary caution state of the first accused person, and also remembered 11 April 2016 when a team of detectives visited the alleged scene of crime.
He told the court that they later apprehended the first accused, Demoh Bangura and second accused person, Shollay Val Davies, adding that on 12 April 2016, he obtained voluntary caution statement from the second accused by observing the judges rule, and the said accused person validated his statement by signing it in his own hand writing.
The witness continued that during the course of investigation the first accused person told them that, her husband who is the accused person had travelled to Liberia, but when they interrogated her husband, he said he travelled to Ricketts Island and not Liberia.
In the light of the above, he went to Ricketts Island on 19 April 2016, before obtaining additional voluntary caution statement from the second accused person, Shollay Val Davies in respect of the alleged murder of Patrick Bangura, the younger brother to the first accused person.
He further narrated that during the course of investigation, the second accused person informed that he recognized the deceased as his in-law, the first accused, Demoh Bangura as his wife and they were residing together at the same 7k Upper Tengbeh Town for close to five years.
According to him, the second accused person said he had a good relationship with deceased and he was hired by the deceased to undertake a building project at 7K Upper Tengbeh Town, but the deceased later fired him and hired another contractor.
The second accused person further informed police that he travelled to Ricketts on 26 March 2016, but before leaving for Ricketts, he told his wife who is the second accused person to inform neighbors that he traveled to Liberia.
“I spent three days in Rickette and returned to Freetown 29 March 2016. I have no knowledge about any power of attorney and did not partake in the brutal murder of Patrick Bangura,” accused told police.
Justice John Bosco Allieu adjourned the matter to Wednesday 15 November 2017, and ordered that all accused persons be remanded in custody at the Male and Female Correctional Centres in the west part of Freetown capital.