By Jane B. Mansaray…………………..
The second prosecution witness in the alleged murder trial of LA Chocolate and his fiancé Oreh, Tunde Idriss Scott on Thursday 16th July testified before presiding Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No.1 on the alleged murder of Sydney David Buckle alias D.J. Clef.
The witness, a resident of Kandeh Drive off Wilkinson Road in Freetown and a footballer by profession told the court that he recognized the accused and D.J.Clef who is now deceased and recalled on Friday 22nd May 2015.
He said before the said date he came in contact with the second accused whom he had known before through the deceased coming from a shop at Wilkinson Road with drinks. He said he stopped the accused and asked her as to where she was going with the huge quantity of drinks.
The witness went on to say that the second accused replied him that she was preparing for her birthday party. He said as brother to the deceased whom he was staying with, he came home and informed him about his contact and discussion with the accused person. He said at the parlor where he gave the information to the deceased, the deceased immediately took his mobile phone and called the second accused which led to the invitation of D.J. Clef to the party.
The witness continued that on the day of the party, he came home but could not meet the deceased. Upon enquiry from the deceased through his mobile phone, the deceased then told him that he was at the party of the second accused. That moment the deceased invited him to the party and he immediately attended the party where he met the deceased together with friends and other guests. That was about twelve mid night.
He said at the party compound at Johnson Street off Aberdeen, they were served with food and drinks but according to the witness the food was not good. It started raining while service was going on and they including the deceased, friends and guests were taken into a room by the first accused LA Chocolate where he said they met other guests. Inside the room, the witness said the first accused LAC came in with drinks and asked them if they were ok. About fifteen minutes later, he together with the deceased came out to catch some fresh air. While they were outside, there was a rumor going around that the party was a pool party.
He furthered that they moved to the pool where they met others swimming in the pool inside the compound. He said the deceased joined them in the pool while he was standing observing.
After some time he said he saw the deceased came from the pool and entered a room to collect his cloth. He said he saw the deceased dressing up but said something distracted him from paying attention to the deceased.
He later turned back but could not see the deceased. He went to the pool area to enquire about DJ Clef when the second accused told him that he saw him dressing up and said bye to her.
He went home with other friends at about 4: am in the morning but did not find the deceased at home. He continued to enquire from friends and the second accused since he could not reach any of the family members of the deceased.
He finally reached the elder brother of the deceased whom he informed about the sudden disappearance of DJ Clef. The brother and parents of the deceased met him at his residence to enquire more about their son DJ. Clef. He said he explained to them all that transpired on that fateful night at the party.
Based on the information he gave to the family members of the deceased, they had cause to move to the second accused residence at Juba and they all went to the Aberdeen Police Station and reported the matter. Statements were obtained from them and later taken to the CID Headquarters in Freetown.
The accused Bemba Moi Foray alias LA Chocolate and Avril Oreh Renner were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and murder contrary to law.
The particulars of offence state that the accused on the 15th May 2015 at No.1 Johnson Street off Aberdeen in Freetown allegedly conspired to murder Sydney Henry David Buckle alias DJ. Clef.
Bail was refused and the matter was adjourned to 23rd July 2015.
By Jane B. Mansaray…………………..