By Sahr Eric George
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a recent court session, defence lawyer J. Kamara stated that the defence believes their client has no case to answer in an ongoing murder trial. Kamara informed the court that the defence intends to submit a “no case” submission during the next adjourned date. This statement comes after the prosecution, led by Sergeant Dwight Macarthy, concluded their case against Kabba Dumbuya, who stands accused of murdering Samuel Turay in Waterloo.
After presenting five prosecution witnesses, including the official police witness, the prosecution contends that they have provided sufficient evidence in the matter. The eloquent testimony of Sia Aruna, the fifth and final prosecution witness, marked the conclusion of the prosecution’s case.
Kabba Dumbuya, aged 46, faces two charges of murder and incitement in relation to the alleged killing of Samuel Turay in Waterloo on diverse dates between October 13 and 14, 2023.
Sia Aruna, a businesswoman and resident of Waterloo, was the last witness led in testimony by Macarthy. Aruna recounted her experience on October 13 and 14, 2023, when she witnessed the incident leading to Turay’s murder at her friend’s apartment in Finna Drive, Waterloo.
According to Aruna, Mammy Margaret, the first prosecution witness, engaged in a bitter argument with Dumbuya. Turay, without participating in the fight, went directly into their house. Aruna testified that Turay’s younger brother was removed from the quarrel twice, but a lady named Fea attempted to pour hot water on him, a situation Turay prevented.
Aruna maintained that Dumbuya and another individual named Sorie then used sticks to hit Turay at the back of his head, causing him to fall unconscious. Turay’s elder brother retaliated by hitting Dumbuya.
She described rushing into the fight, taking Turay to the police station, where she obtained a police medical request before transporting him to the hospital. Due to Turay’s critical condition, he was later transferred to the Connaught Hospital that night. Aruna concluded her testimony by mentioning that she received a call the next morning, informing her of Turay’s death.
During cross-examination led by defence lawyer J. Kamara, Aruna confirmed that she took Turay to the police station after the incident and made a statement on his behalf since he was unconscious. The defence lawyer announced that he would prepare a “no case” submission for the next adjourned date.
Magistrate Santigie Bangura adjourned the matter to February 5, 2024, and ordered Dumbuya back into custody at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road in Freetown. SEG/30/1/2024