Dr. Matilda Bernadette King attached to the Rainbow Center at the PCMH has testified before the Justice Bankole Thompson Commission of Inquiry that when she examined one of the alleged raped victims, she did not find any blood stains, sperms or bruises.
She recalled that on March 16th, 2009 she was on duty at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) and received a medical request from the Police to examine a female alleged rape victim following the fracas between the SLPP and APC on March 16, 2009 at the SLPP headquarters on Wallace Johnson Street.
She told the Commission that she saw the victim, examined her and did both physical and genital examination on the alleged victim. Dr.King said she found bruises on her right arm but when she did the genital examination, she found out that there was an old scar tissue or ruptured hymen.
Asked by the Commission’s chairman to give an interpretation of the word hymen, Dr. King said it meant a thin membrane layer that covers the virgina usually in virgins.
When asked about her findings from the virgina area, she disclosed that there was nothing abnormal in respect of her inner examinations. She also told the Commission that she did the examination because, during rape incidences, the perpetrator could either penetrate through the virgina or anus.
Asked further whether she was in the position to say her findings were in tandem with the physical and genital examinations, she answered that she could not “ pinpoint on a sexual assault but can also be associated to physical assault” and stated further that “my findings are more consistent with physical assault than sexual assault” The only way she told the Commission that they would have assisted the process was a forensic examination which was not done. Another witness the Local Unit Commander of Central Police Station Chief Supt of Police (CSP), Sorie Brima Kargbo also testified before the Bankole Thompson Commission of Inquiry that Idrissa Kamara (Leatherboot) did not enter the SLPP building on March 16th, 2009 at the time of the fracas.
The CSP recalled from the 13th to 16th March 2009 he was on duty at the Central Police Station and he received a call from the Assistant Inspector General of Police Chris Charlie to increase personnel at the Commissioning of the East end Police Clock Tower and later, he continued, he was also told that there was a fracas between the SLPP and the Freetown City Council.
He told the Commission that when Leatherboot arrived at the scene from the direction of Connaught hospital, he told them that they were there to observe and assist the police. He also said it was not in his knowledge that Leatherboot led a gang to cause havoc.
He explained that he had two deployments on the 16th, one at the cocaine trial and the other at SLPP office and that while he had gone to observe deployment at the law courts, he was informed by Chris Charlie that another fighting had started at the SLPP office.
CSP Kargbo told the commission further that there was a group in the SLPP office who were afraid to come out and another group standing on Wallace Johnson which later culminated into stone throwing from all angles. He also said they got information that there were arms and ammunition stored in the SLPP building but when they searched the building, nothing of police interest was found.
By Ishmael Bayoh