Secret society allegedly kills woman

Moyo Sesay has testified against four members of a secret society at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 on Pademba Road, after they allegedly killed her sister, Iye Sesay. According to the police, on Thursday 13th February 2020, Momoh Bangura, Santigie Kamara (husband of the deceased), Saio Mansaray and Baimba Bangura allegedly murdered Iye Sesay during a secret society play at midnight.

The accused are charged with conspiracy to murder contrary to law. Prosecution witness and sister of the deceased, Moyo Sesay, recalled on the day of the incident she was asleep in her room when she heard her sister screaming she was going to be killed.

“She was apparently killed by the “Gbambanie” secret society men,” she said. Moyo disclosed that it was taboo for a woman to see the “Gbambanie devil”, adding such woman would not survive after seeing it. She identified the first accused (Momoh Bangura) as the ringleader of the secret society, saying he was aided by the other accused persons.

“They killed my sister and buried her in an unknown destination. The first accused later showed up at our house and sympathised with me in respect of my sister’s death,” she added. During cross-examination of the witness, the first accused, who was not represented by a lawyer, denied sympathising with her. The witness, however, insisted that he did.

The second accused, on the other hand, argued that the witness could not have heard his voice, that maybe she’d heard one similar to his. He blatantly denied taking part in the secret society play on the day of the alleged murder. The third accused also made a similar argument. Meanwhile, the witness revealed that the fourth accused was not present at the night’s play, but had showed up the following morning.

Magistrate Hannah Bonnie adjourned the case to 17th July 2020.

By Sulaiman Karim Sesay