Pathologist Explains Memunatu Jabbie’s Autopsy in Sierra Leone
Briefing Journalists last Thursday on the remains of late Memunatu Jabbie at the Police Headquarters Conference Room, The Government Consultant Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma spoke on the importance to bring in the Pathologist when it comes to issues of murder, homicide and suicide among others.
He explained that an unidentified female corpse was brought to the Connaught Teaching Hospital Mortuary on the Eleventh of June; this year adding that it was labeled as an unknown.
He discussed that, he invited the Police and other people to help give name to that corpse before an autopsy could be done on it adding, after days, relatives of the corpse came to the mortuary.
Dr. Koroma who is among the twenty five best world pathologists stressed that he asked the Police to investigate further to put a name to that corpse. The Forensic Scientist said, a sister to the deceased, Salamatu Jabbie informed the Police that, the late Memunatu Jabbie was her sister while another family, Dr. Jabbie who identified himself as a relative to Bubakie Jabbie also present. At this stage, Dr. Owizz said the corpse was labeled and the postmortem was carried out.
During the autopsy, the Pathologist said, he examined the body, looked at the hair and observed the head but no fracture adding that there were superficial flash bone and rapture on the neck. ‘’The cut on the neck was very superficial’’, he stressed and pointed out that somebody was about to rape the lady but she fought very hard adding that there was fractured cervical vertebrae.
He further explained that the thyroid gland was there but the cartilages were broken, a process he described as manual strangulation. He observed that the action was not done by one man and noted that it would have been a gang rape but the deceased fought very hard.
The train forensic scientists further intimated that there was no bruise and inflammation or swelling at the vulva of the vagina.
On his own side of the story, Local Unit Commander [LUC] for the Aberdeen Police Station, Superintendent Augustine Kamara said on 11th June, this year, he received a call from a beach guard that they found a corpse at back of a fence at the Aberdeen Beach adding that they Police immediately arrived at the scene where they met the female corpse laid on the bare floor naked with a cut on the neck. He lamented that they call the Chairman and Beach Marshals for identification and dilated that one Salamatu Jabbie said the corpse must have been her sister, Memunatu Jabbie before the Police call for an ambulance and conveyed the body to the mortuary for autopsy.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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