By Jane B. Mansaray
The Consultant pathologist at the Connaught hospital, Dr. Owizz Koroma yesterday confirmed the death of the late military Corporal Charles Amadu Williams. The late military officer was allegedly murdered by his colleague senior military officers in February 2014 at the Armed Forces Training Center at Benguma near Freetown.
Dr. Owizz referred to the officer’s death as unnatural in his testimony before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2, involving three senior military officers namely Cpt. Samuel Munda Momodu, Second Lt. Henry Lamin Sesay and Second Lt. Alhaji Boboh Sheriff. The last two officers are training officers at Benguma Barracks.
It could be recalled that the three accused persons who were charged on a one- count murder contrary to law are alleged to have on 26th February 2014 at Benguma Military barracks mercilessly beaten the deceased which led to his death.
The Consultant pathologist recalled that on the 5th March 2014 he was on duty at Connaught hospital when the remains of the 33 years old Charles Amadu Williams was carried to the hospital mortuary for postmortem on the instruction of the Chief Medical Officer. He said the body was identified by the deceased’s father Mr. Charles Williams, and the postmortem was witnessed by the Investigative Officers including Detective Sergeant 1513 Kabba M.D attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Senior Crime Officer Inspector Dumbuya I.S of CID head office, several senior military personnel and a batch of medical students. On conclusion, he said the medical report was reduced to pages which he dated and signed in his own hand writing.
Describing the cause of death, Dr. Owizz stated that the deceased died of fracture of the ribs, cricoids, dislocation of fracture of the savacare vertebrate and manual strangulation. He further explained that the cause of death was as a result of occipatial bone on the head, massive celebrant head brain, rapture of liver and kidney, injury of head, nick anomie and spinal cord injuries, all of which led to the unnatural death of the former Corporal Charles Amadu Williams.
Defence counsel for the accused persons, Lawyer Gidwani asked the court for the availability of the medical report for the defense to digest for cross examination on the next adjourned date. The matter was adjourned to 6th May 2014.