Defense lawyer, C. Campbell, acting for the accused, Tenneh Ordiel Brima, a 19-year old woman accused of killing her 2-year old daughter, Sia Sitta Kamara, has called on the prosecution to be serious with the case and come to Court. Campbell made this passionate and candid plea on Wednesday 18th December, 2019 before Magistrate Sahr Kekura of Court No. 4 on Pademba Road in Freetown. The accused, a short, dark and plump girl, a tailor, was in tears throughout the court session as she made her tenth court appearance. The Prosecutor, ASP Malick Barrie, was absent and so was the prosecution witness who was to be cross-examined by the associate defense lawyer F.B. Conteh. Campbell told the Court he would send a note to expunge his cross-examination so he could commence a fresh witness. The accused was arrested on 7th December 2019 by Police constable, H.M. Bangue and charged with Murder. The police allege the accused murdered her child on Wednesday 30th October 2019, at Portor Mambo. According to court records the accused told CID officers at Adonkia Police Division she was coming from Portor Mambo carrying her child on her back. She said she was crossing a stream at Hamilton Beach when the child fell into the river and drowned.
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The uncle of the accused, Tamba Brima testified on the 12th November 2019. In his testimony, he said he is a nurse and was at work at the hospital in Mambo village when he heard a commotion outside and people were saying that the victim had died. He said he went to his house and found the victim lying on the ground. He said he took the baby to the hospital for examination because she was not breathing. He said the accused was crying at the time. He said water was running out of the victim’s nose and she did not have pulse. He said he called the accused and asked her what happened and she narrated that she was walking inside the stream when she felt a heavy thing on her back. She said she untied her “lappa” and the baby fell into the stream. She said she then took her and went home. The case was adjourned to Friday 20th December 2019 for cross-examination of the witness.
By David Thoronka
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