At the ongoing preliminary investigation matter involving Fatmata Tucker who allegedly murdered Saidu Bangura at Lungi, Police Investigator, Detective Sergeant 1513 Mohamed Dauda Kabba, yesterday disclosed that the accused told them that she bought the cutlass Le 18,000 (eighteen thousand Leones) at Waterloo
The matter was prosecuted by Counsel A.G.M Bockarie, and Lawyer Ishmeal P. Mammie represents the accused Fatmata Tucker whiles Magistrate Komba Kamanda presided over the matter
According to the witness, he was on duty on Monday 7th April 2014 at the Criminal Investigations Department headquarter, when Sergeant Thullah attached to Lungi Police Station brought a case file of murder together with the accused and some items as exhibits for further investigation.
He added that he handed over the exhibits to the exhibits clerk, Detective Sergeant Natt Williams, for safekeeping.
The witness states that on the 9th April 2014, the Government Pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owiss Koroma, conducted a post-mortem examination on the remains of Saidu Bangura in his presence together with the uncle of the deceased, the Crime officer Detective Inspector Dumbuya I.S, among others at the Connaught Hospital Mortuary and at the end of the examination, the original cause of death certificate was given to the deceased uncle.
He disclosed that on April 11th 2014, a team of Detectives comprising Senior Crime Officer Sergeant 5857 Kamara A.D, Sergeant 5816 Turay A.B, Sergeant 6493 Kanu A.B and himself left for the crime scene at Lungi, were the Crime Officer at Lungi Police Station joined them, as they went to a room in a guest house, where the accused allegedly murdered the deceased.
According to him, the accused indicated the position of the room in the guest house and the position of the cutlass before the incident took place, and that she further explained to them that she was moving randomly inside the room after the incident and then finally decided to use the parlor to access the main door where she succeeded in opening the wooden door but unfortunately she was about to open the metal door, when the security met her struggling to open the door.
“On our way to Freetown through Waterloo, the accused pointed to the position where a passer-by was standing, from whom she bought the cutlass for Le18,000,” he recalled.
He explained that the accused further told them that she used a black plastic bag to cover the cutlass and then boarded a transport that dropped her at Ferry Junction, where the deceased met her and handed over a white plastic bag to her for assistance. The accused, he said, used that opportunity to put the cutlass inside the plastic bag.
The prosecution was about to tender the statement of the accused as exhibit before the court, but defence counsel Lawyer Mammie raised objection, claiming that the accused was forced to make the statement in an unfavorable condition, but the Prosecution Counsel Bockarie responded that the matter is a preliminary investigation that does not require jurors and Magistrate Kamanda ruled that the matter is indeed a preliminary investigation which requires recording of the available evidence.
During cross-examination with Counsel Mammie, the witness admitted that he did not prepare a progress report of the matter, and that he was not aware about the accused having a cut on her stomach and on her hand.
Counsel Mammie asked the witness to read a portion of the accused statement, where she states that the deceased climbed on top of her and she ordered him to come down, as if he forced her to have sex, he will not enjoy it, and that the deceased came down and she (accused) turned her face toward the wardrobe. She said the deceased took the cutlass and stabbed her on her hand.
The matter comes up again on 29TH May 2014.
Friday May 16, 2014