Francis Conteh was sent on remand to the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown after he made his first appearance before Magistrate Mark Ngegba at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 on Pademba Road in Freetown, on Tuesday 10th March 2020, facing a murder charge. According to the police, on Wednesday 23rd October 2019, at Regent Road in Freetown, Conteh murdered Ibrahim Conteh, of the same address. Conteh was charged with murder. One of the witnesses, Morie Goba, a motorbike rider, recalled when the accused and the deceased quarreled over a coat, which the accused thought was taken by the deceased’s brother, Momoh Lansana, but later learnt that the coat worn by Lansana was not his. Goba revealed that both the accused and the deceased later fought over a jerry can because both of them wanted to use the can at the same time. He said he later went to the stream to launder his clothes. He saw the deceased on the floor while the accused and Lansana were trying to lift him. The deceased was later taken to the hospital where medical personnel demanded a police report before he could be attended to. Goba disclosed to the Court that the deceased was moved from the hospital to a relative somewhere in the eastern part of Freetown. He further disclosed that the deceased was later taken to the provinces where he passed away. Inspector A.T. Bangura prosecuted the matter, while the defense counsel was Macfoy. In his cross-examination, Macfoy argued that the witness did not see Conteh do anything to the deceased. He further argued that Conteh did not know why the deceased was lying on the floor and may not know what killed the deceased, for he did not follow them to the provinces where he passed away. More witnesses are expected to testify. Magistrate Ngegba adjourned the matter to the 16 March 2020.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay