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Murder Trial: State Forensic Specialist in Court

….Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma testifies

By Salifu Conteh

The State forensic scientist, Pathologist Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, on Thursday 4th December 2014 appeared in Court before Magistrate Seray Wurie at the Pademba Road magistrate Court No. 2, where he testified as Prosecution Witness five (PW5) in a matter involving an accused John Manor Sesay (an OSD officer) who allegedly committed a premeditated murder by using a gun on his victim, David Kargbo.

Dr. Owizz led in evidence by Woman Police Inspector Agatha F. Heals, said he is the Government Consultant Pathologist and the Forensic Pathologist Chief Superintendent and the Head of the Scientific Support Unit (SSU), adding that he teaches and trained medical students, police officers and also performed medical autopsy for the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Dr. Owizz disclosed that he was on duty at the Connaught Hospital Mortuary on 28th October 2014 when the body of a 44 year old male, David Kargbo, was brought for autopsy.

PW5 stated further that he received instructions from the Chief Medical Officer at the request of the Corona in Freetown to carry out a post-mortem examination on the remains of deceased which he said was identified in his presence and witnessed by Dr. Abu Bakarr Kamara, a nephew of the deceased, the Investigating Officer (IO) Detective Sergeant 1513 Kabba M.B attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters on Pademba Road Freetown, Scene of Crime Officer Detective Inspector Dumbuya I.S, also attached at the CID Pademba Road and pathos-medical students. Upon conclusion of the autopsy, he said, he reduced it to a post- mortem and every page was dated and signed.

The post-mortem was produced and tendered in evidence marked as exhibit A1-5.

He furthered that he issued a medical certificate of the cause of death of the deceased and the body was handed over to the family for proper burial.

The Government pathologist said his observation while carrying out the autopsy on the remains is that the cause of death of the deceased was “Acute hemorrhagic shock due to windy gun-shot bullets of the left lower abdomen, 2cm wide turn liver, ruptured transfer column rectangular area 4cm large and ruptured stomach wall injuries”.

The matter was adjourned to the 11th December 2014 for cross-examination because Defense Lawyer A.S Ndolleh for the accused persons was absent.

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