Sulaiman Conteh has admitted to the court that he was responsible for the death of his sister, Isha Saidu Hughes, a prison officer. The grim confession was made during the trial at the Ross Magistrate Court in Freetown, after the fifth witness testified against Conteh.
The accused, who is facing a murder charge, pleaded before the court for forgiveness as he revealed the harrowing details of the crime. He confessed to using a kitchen knife and hammer to end his sister’s life on the tragic day of July 14th, 2023, at her residence in Wellington, Freetown.
Following this shocking admission, Assistant Police Superintendent (ASP) Mohamed B. Conteh, the police prosecutor, informed the court that the prosecution had closed their case.
ASP Conteh, before the accused’s confession, led his fifth prosecution witness Sergeant Alimamy Abu Kamara, who is attached to the Exhibit Unit at Kissy Police Station. Sergeant Kamara the recounted the discovering of key evidences that were handed over to him July 2oth, 2023. He said he received evidences including a kitchen knife, cutlass, hammer, and a sharp metal object, all of which had traces of blood.
He said the items were officially documented and registered in the exhibit book under serial number RC94/2o23. Kamara subsequently presented these crucial pieces of evidence in the Clerk’s Office at Kissy items from police court.
After the testimony, Conteh, who was not represented by legal counsel, was given an opportunity to cross-examine the witness. However, he declined – choosing instead to appeal for mercy and forgiveness.
Magistrate Sahr Kekura remanded the 58-year-old at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown, until his next appearance scheduled for August 25th, 2023. The courtroom was stunned as Conteh revealed what transpired between him and his late sister that day.