Concord Times (Freetown)

14 June 2012

Sierra Leone: Brother Testifies Against Brother in Murder Trial

Andrew Bangura yesterday testified against his brother Edward A. Bangura, who is standing trial at the Magistrate Court No. 2 presided over by Komba Kamanda for the alleged murder of his parents, Dr. Kekura K. Bangura and Mrs. Bangura at their 8h Thunder Hill Road, Kissy.

In his testimony, Bangura told the court how on Saturday 19 May their mother went to town to buy provisions, noting that it was on Sunday 20th May when he was called by one Victor and told the accused had stabbed their parents to death.

"I immediately took a taxi to visit the scene. On arrival I asked the accused about our parents and he told me he has cut them into pieces," he said.

He said he then called the police at once leading to the immediate arrest of the accused. The bodies of the deceased were conveyed to the Kissy police together with the accused. The witness said he was later granted permission to bury the remains of his parents.

According to prosecution witness No. 2, Victor Thoronka - a pupil of the Methodist Boys' High School, he told the court that he has stayed with the deceased for 10 years. He explained that while at the construction site the mother returned home and later followed by the father. "I never set my eyes on them until I was shown their dead bodies," Thoronka explained.

He stated that the accused prevented them from entering the building when they returned from work, claiming that all what they needed was in the kitchen.

Magistrate Kamanda noted that the accused was behaving suspiciously and if that continues he will order for a psychiatrist to diagnose him.

The matter was adjourned to June 21 for further hearing.

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