Alusine Kamara, a labourer at the Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC), yesterday identified a water hose before 12 jurors and Justice Abdulai Fofanah at the Freetown High Court No 2.
The witness, who was led in evidence by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Oladipo Robin Mason in the murder trial between the Inspector General of Police and seven Fire Force workers, told the court that he recognized some of the accused.
He also recalled 30th May 2007 when he was on duty at the GVWC hydrant at Rasmusson Street, Brookfields, east of the capital.
Mr Kamara, who is the fifth Principal Witness (PW5) in the trial, narrated that on that day he was with the GVWC bowzer to fetch some water when he met Mohamed Kamara PW1, Tommy Bendu PW4 and Anthony Ojeah (deceased) at the hydrant.
At the hydrant, he added, he saw the first accused Thaimu Sesay, the second Gibrilla Dumbuya, the third Mohamed Tarawalie and the fourth accused Mohamed Kamara fetching water from it.
The witness told the court of how the deceased instructed PW1 Mohamed Kamara to use the valve key to close the hydrant; of how Mohamed Kamara went to the car and collected the key and of how Kamara was allegedly prevented by the third accused Mohamed Tarawalie to do so.
The court was also told by the witness of how he was prevented thrice by the accused to shut the hydrant.
He disclosed of how the third accused, after taken the key from him, was asked by the deceased to hand him the key but that the accused refused.
At this point, he narrated, the third accused hit Ojeah on his chest. And that at this stage, all the other accused joined in the beating of the deceased; highlighting that the first accused Thaimu Sesay folded the hose and started hitting the deceased with it.
The jurors and Justice Abdulai Fofanah listened to how the deceased had wanted to retaliate but was being overpowered.
On Monday lawyer for the accused, Osho Williams, will cross examine the witness.