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Sierra Leone News: Pathologist declares student’s death a homicide

Government pathologist, Dr. Owizz Koroma, has testified that the death of Albert Madison Bio was homicide. It is alleged that Madison Bio, a former student of Fourah Bay College, was killed on Saturday 14th July 2018, in Gloucester in the rural part of Freetown.  Six people, Francis Mafinda, Dennis Holland, Lawrence Lahai Amara, Mukeh Foh, Abassie Sesay and David Ricott Williams, were arrested and charged with Murder contrary to the Offences against a Person Act. The pathologist stated before the Court that the victim’s oxygen supply was cut off and he died from a lack of oxygen caused by strangulation and a fractured hyoid bone in the neck. He also said the autopsy revealed spinal cord damage and neck compression. As the matter continues, three witnesses including the medical doctor that was on duty when Bio’s body were taken to Connaught Hospital have testified against the accused persons. The testimony of the doctor on duty when Bio was rushed to the hospital disclosed that Bio was already dead when he arrived at the hospital. Augustine Brima, the first accused, has identified four of the accused as being part of group members that pleaded with him to take Bio’s remains to hospital on that day. The police witness has also tendered the cautioned statements of the accused persons. The accused persons are still remanded as the matter continues on 22nd November 2018.

SV/15/11/18

By Sylvia Villa

Friday November 16, 2018.

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