Preliminary investigation into the alleged murder in Lungi of a telecommunication engineer who was on his way to Somalia on a United Nations Mission contract commenced yesterday at the Magistrate Court No. 2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda.
Accused Fatmata Tucker is alleged to have murdered Saidu Bangura at the Suffian Guest House along Main Motor Road in Lungi.
The entire court premise was filled with sympathizers, family members and curious members of the public. When the accused emerged from the escort van that brought her from the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters, onlookers burst into a frenzy of shouts of ‘Witch oh, witch! Witch oh, witch!’
This spontaneous reaction from the public caused the police providing security in and around the court premise to tighten security and immediately cordoned the escort van. The accused was then disguised and amid tight security was escorted into the court room.
The accused was represented by Counsel I. P. Mammie on advocate while A. G. M. Bockarie, J. M. S. Bull and A. B. Koroma represented the State in prosecuting the matter.
Dressed in a long black lady dress with white sleeves, the accused stood attentively in the witness box as the charge against her was read. She from time to time turned around to glance at the audience. There was too much murmuring in and around the court.
She stands accused with murder, contrary to law. The particulars of offence state that on Sunday, 6th April 2014 at the Suffian Guest House situated at 1135 Main Motor Road, Lungi, she, Fatmata Tucker, murdered Saidu Bockarie.
No plea was taken after the charge was read out to her. It is a standard court procedure for persons charged with murder not to take a plea in an investigation in a Magistrate court.
Magistrate Kamanda however ordered that she be remanded in custody until the next adjourned date stated for 24th April 2014.
Tuesday April 22, 2014