The son of the principal of the Sierra Leone Grammar school Martin Lasite yesterday testified in the FBC murder case as one of the new initiates in the Island club. Led in evidence by the Director of Public Prosecution Olayinka Robin Masson the witness said he is a student of FBC studying History and African studies. He said he recognized the 2nd accused Bolajeh Nicol, 3rd accused Ajai Johnson Nicol 4th accused Mohamed Kallon and 8th accused Ade Tuboku Metzger as a church member and colleague of FBC not as members of the initiation.
According to him, on the 20th December he was at home when he left for the bar at Circular road where all initiates were asked to gather. He said he arrived at the bar around 9:30 where the chief clerk of the Island Club Reginald met him and they both waited for the rest of the initiates. As soon as they all arrived they then took off for the initiation venue which was back of the Atlantic restaurant at Lumley beach. He testified that they arrived at 1:30 where they were ordered by the chief clerk to take off their clothes and that they should wear only boxers and white T-shirts. Martin said when the initiation began the chief clerk asked all the initiates to trot until about 45minutes when members of the club began to serve them alcohol; beer, stout, punch from a 5 gallon container. He said he became drunk and slept off until the next day (21st Dec.) at 3 pm when he woke up with a swollen face, wounds on his back and pain all over his body.
He further testified that he decided to be a member of the Island club after he received the invitation letter from the chief clerk. He added that they were only informed about the drinking of alcohol in the initiation ceremony but not humiliation.
Jonathan Mukeh Foday also a new initiate of the Island Club testified that he recognized the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th accused persons. He added that he recognized the deceased and that they were all in the initiation ceremony. Jonathan said he was totally off after the initiation and became unconscious until the next day at 6 pm with his left hand was burning him along with a swollen face.
Alfred Munda Sellu a witness from CID said on the 15th January he obtained statements from the 6th 7th and 8th accused in which they made responses in English and at the conclusion the accused read the statement for themselves and admitted it to be true and correct. The accused signed it and he too signed it as an interval. All statements were produced and tendered in court as exhibits.
By Emmanuella Kallon