Government Consultant Pathologist and Chief forensic Scientist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, yesterday disclosed, that the cause of death of the deceased was unnatural and that the manner and mood was homicide.
Giving evidence in the ongoing preliminary investigation of alleged murder of Saidu Bangura by Fatmata M. Tucker at a Guest house in Lungi, the Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, heard the evidence of the pathologist. According to the witness, as Chief Forensic Scientist in the country, he is responsible for the teaching of medical scientific students, medical laboratory scientific officers, perform all medico legal autopsies and hospital autopsies, stating that he was on duty on the 9th April 2014 at the Connaught Hospital Mortuary on the instructions of the Chief Medical Officer and the request of the Coroner of Freetown, he carried out a post-mortem examination on the remains of Saidu Bangura, who was identified to him by one Suleiman Sesay, Uncle to the deceased.
He maintained that on completion of the autopsy, he reduced his findings to a post mortem report of which he gave a copy to the relatives of the deceased for proper burial together with a death certificate on which he stated the cause of death of the deceased, explaining that based on the autopsy result, there were no pre-emanating existing disease that could have led to the sudden fall of the deceased.
Dr. Koroma disclosed that the Pathological cause of death of the deceased is unnatural and homicide due to acute emulrandic shock as a result of one big cut throat and multiple cuts on the head, injuries/fractures of the neck and upper extremities resulting to bleeding emanating from the cuts. Counsel A.G.M Bockarie is prosecuting and Lawyer Ismeal P. Mammie represented the accused.
During cross-examination with Counsel I.P. Mammie, the witness maintained that the alcohol level of the deceased is within normal level based on the autopsy report.
The matter comes up again on Thursday 5th June 2014.
Friday May 30, 2014