Over Murder of 13-Year Old… CONGO CROSS POLICE ACCUSED

The police at Congo have been accused of investigation debacle following their release on bail of Mrs Wills, the Bursar of Services Secondary School and who also is suspect in the murder of 13-year old Thomas Samba.

Thomas met his death on 16th March shortly after found dead in the office of Mrs Wills, where incidentally he was locked up for allegedly stealing thirty five thousand Leones.

Our investigation is that Thomas is a SS2 pupil of the Services Secondary School and was a close buddy of suspect Mrs Wills who oftentimes was seen cleaning office of the latter.

Arrested for allegedly murdering Thomas (whose death seems apparently mysterious), Mrs Wills was in police custody at Congo Cross but was released in a circumstance utterly baffling.

Sources say that preceding the boy’s death, Mrs Wills had locked him in her office (office of the bursar) on allegation that he has stolen her thirty five thousand Leones as he cleans her office as usually the case.

That the boy had allegedly hung himself where he was locked up, later died of would-be suffocation.

But report of the cause of death has shown that the passing boy died owing to spinal injury (at level C3- C4), dislocation fracture of the cervical vertebrae, cerebral anoxia, skull fracture and blunt force injury.

This, experts say, could be caused by extreme force of physical and ligature strangulation.
Others say the boy’s death may have been caused by serious beating.

However, accounts of Services School authorities state nonetheless that the boy had committed suicide by literally hanging himself with a rope just when he was locked up at the office of suspect Mrs Wills.

Many have questioned the release on bail of suspect Mrs Wills and have likewise accused the police of taking an action completely detrimental to the investigation.

Their concerns are that because the boy had died owing to manual and ligature strangulation, the police do not have the legal authorization to have released any person suspected of murdering him.

According to the father, Military Corporal Sahr David Samba, his son was accused of committing suicide by hanging.

But to him, he was certainly not interested in any form of postmortem by the police but wanted them hand over the remains of his son for a befitting burial.

That the police ignored his call and were adamant on conducting postmortem on the boy to find out the cause of death, where possible go after the culprits and have them prosecuted.

“I asked the police to give the remains of my son to me but they refused,” Cpl Samba said.

“But when finally a postmortem was done on the boy and it was discovered that he was brutally murdered, and that he has certainly not committed suicide, as earlier alleged by Services School authorities, I was much more interested on the outcome of the investigation and to see that persons found culpable are prosecuted.”

“The result of the postmortem completely changed my mind, and I was constantly monitoring the police as they go about their investigation. But what surprises me the most is the fact that Mrs Wills, who is police’s principal suspect in the death of my son, was released just like that.”

“Since then, up until now, nothing has been said as to whether the police intend sending the matter to court or not. For all they will say to me is that the file has been sent to the director of public prosecution at the Law Officers Department for legal recommendation.”

“I am therefore calling on authorities concerned to please give justice to my late son.”

In an interview with the Crime Officer Congo Cross Police Station, he admits releasing Mrs Wills and others, but said such was stiffly done.

He did not say whether they intend send the matter to the court for judicial hearing.

“Of course, we have transferred the matter to CID headquarters and if anybody wants any information concerning the matter he/she should go there,” the Crime Officer said.

Effort getting an official at CID HQ comment on the issue proved utterly futile.

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