A witness, Sylvanus Dauphine yesterday said that the second accused Majid Umar Eustace Cole in the murder of Ade Johnson, a pharmacist lecturer at Wilberforce assisted them in breaking down the door of the deceased, on the day he was found dead.
Testifying as the first witness in the ongoing Preliminary Investigation of murder of the late Mr. Ade Johnson at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, the witness also said that he was residing in the house with the deceased before his death.
Led in evidence by prosecutor O. V. Robin Mason, the witness who is a messenger at the Rokel Commercial Bank, recognized the 1st and 2nd accused in the dock and also recalled the 12th November 2012.
He recognized the 1st accused as the wife and the 2nd accused as her son.
In his testimony, he said that he was living with Mr. Ade Johnson and he last saw him on the 12th November 2012 at around 6 am at their residence.
He also testified that he had lived with the deceased for one year, four months. That on the fateful day at 6am to 7 am in the morning he was getting ready for work, when the light went off and came back shortly.
The deceased, he said, came out of his room to iron a blue shirt and he the witness then left for work.
“When I came back at 8pm in the evening, I opened the back door with my key and noticed that the electric iron was in a white rice bag which was strange. I then picked my phone and called him but there was no response. I felt cold when I entered the dining room and I went to where he usually parked his car but the car was not there. The security men at the place where the car was usually parked told me that he had sent someone to collect the car. I then returned home and he was nowhere to be seen.
At around 3am in the morning, he said that he heard a loud sound at the front part of the door. When I woke up at 6 am in the morning, I noticed that smoke was coming out from the room of the deceased and I shouted for help but no one in the compound came to my rescue. I then called my boss in the office, who told me that his husband Desmond Williams will be coming. After 30 minutes, he came and called on the 1st accused for help and she came. Williams then suggested that we break the door. The 2nd accused then provided a pick- axe which was used to break in the door. I noticed that the deceased hands were tied with an electric cable round his back, and his mouth was taped with cellotape while he was lying on his bed with one of his legs hanging over the bed. I then went to the Congo Cross police station and made a statement and I was accompanied by police officers, who then conveyed the body to the Mortuary.
The witness was then cross-examined by Melron Nicol-Wilson, who is counsel for the 2nd accused.
The matter was adjourned to Thursday 10th January and the accused were remanded in custody.
By Nancy Koroma