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Sierra Leone News: “Blood stained” knife tendered as evidence in murder trial

On 2nd February 2015, in Freetown, Ibrahim Kamara allegedly killed his cousin, Sulaiman Bah, by stabbing him with a knife. Kamara was arrested and charged with Murder contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. At the Siaka Stevens Street High Court in Freetown on 3rd April 2019, the Exhibit Clerk attached to the Congo Cross Police Station, Nassif J. Sawaneh, tendered a stained, 12-inch, silver kitchen knife as an exhibit in the matter. The witness said the stain on the knife was blood. Following the tendering of the knife, the police investigator also tendered the voluntary caution and charge statements of the accused. He said he was on duty at the station on the alleged date when Francis Lahai arrested Kamara and brought him to the station and reported a case of murder. The witness said he visited the scene of crime at Pipeline Quarry in Freetown. At the scene of crime, he discovered a “pool of blood” in the front veranda of the house where the accused lived. He also saw a silver coloured kitchen knife with blood stains. A relative of the accused identified the knife as the one used by the accused to stab the deceased. The scene of crime officer took photographs of the scene. The witness said he collected the knife and handed it over to the Exhibit Clerk. During cross-examination of the witness, he revealed that the accused was 15-years old when he stabbed the deceased. The accused told the police that the deceased grabbed him by the throat and dragged him to his father. The witness also said after the incident the accused father ran away. The matter was adjourned to 17 April. The accused was sent on remand at the Correctional Centre in Freetown.

EBD/3/4/19

Thursday April 04, 2019.

 

 

 

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