6 FBC Students Denied Bail


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

Six accused in the ongoing murder trial of Albert Madison Bio, a Year Three Student in the Sociology Department at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone (USL) at the Freetown High Court were on Monday 1st October, 2018 denied bail by the presiding judge, Justice Santigie Bangura.

The six accused, Mukeh Foh, Dennis Sawyerr, Abassie Sesay and three others are standing trial for the alleged murder of the student during an initiation by members of Klymax Klub Fraternity at FBC to which the accused belong.

According to the prosecuting witness, Augustine Bangura, who is a tricycle (Kekeh) rider, it was between 12:000a.m. and 1:00a.m. on 14th July, 2018, he took some passengers around Leicester Turntable. He said the passengers told him they had a patient at the Community Health Centre at Leicester who they wanted to take to the Connaught Hospital for admission.

The witness furthered that he asked the accused to pay Le 25,000 as fare to take the patient to the Macauley Street Satellite Hospital, adding that when they went to the hospital and the doctor-in-charge enquired to know what had happened to the patient, the accused explained that they were partying when the deceased suddenly had a heart failure.

The witness said the doctor-in-charge referred them to the Connaught Hospital on grounds that the Macauley Street Satellite Hospital lacked the facility to put the patient on oxygen, adding that the patient was dying on their way to Connaught Hospital. The witness furthered that when he demanded for the fare they had settled for, the accused told him to wait until they arrived at Connaught Hospital. He said at the Connaught Hospital, the patient received an aid from the security personnel whom, he said, asked the accused to call on the parents of the patient.

The witness said some of the Klymax Klub members feigned that they were making a call to the patient’s parents and eventually escaped by jumping over the hospital’s perimeter fence. The witness said himself and one of the accused, Dennis Sawyer were apprehended and detained at the Central Police Division after the others had escaped from the hospital.

Justice Santigie Bangura denied all six accused bail and adjourned the matter to Monday 8th October, 2018 for further hearing.