May 26, 2009, 4:29 AM
In his testimony, the witness told the court that he was a
Sub-inspector by rank. He stated that he knew the accused. He indicated that
they were working on a tip-off from intelligence officers that the accused
played a role in the affairs of Charles Northfield who was standing trial and
subsequently escaped to the
He revealed that the accused was invited to Kotu Police Station for questioning and investigation.
He went on to say that during the course of interrogation, the accused revealed that he came to know Charles Northfield as a guest of his hotel. He adduced that the accused further narrated that on two or three occasions he sat with Charles Northfield at the bar of the said hotel to have a drink. He stated that the accused told him that Charles Northfield was undergoing trial at the court but it was unfortunate for him to leave the country.
He further testified that the accused had told them about Charles Northfield's family in his cautionary statements, which was recorded. He stated that on independent witness and some officers were present when the accused wrote his cautionary statements. He adduced that during the investigation, the accused said he received a phone call from Charles Northfield requesting him to go to his room at the Hotel to collect his car key and some items to be shared among the hotel staff.
He went on to say that the accused told them that he collected the key to Room 110 from the reception and opened the door. He added that the accused told them that it was Charles Northfield who gave him the code of his safe to open it and took the items and kept them. He added that the accused was questioned as to how Charles Northfield got his mobile number and he told them that Charles Northfield must have contacted the hotel. He further adduced that the accused was accompanied to his room where a car key and a bottle of drink were found and he told them that they belonged to Charles Northfield. He finally stated that the accused had told them that Charles Northfield asked him to keep the car key, which was going to be collected by someone.
Under cross-examination by the defence counsel, Badou
Conteh, the witness told the court that on or before