By Stanley J. Bangura
A man at Three-mile Village in the outskirt of Makeni, North of Sierra Leone, has surrendered to Panlap police hours after he allegedly set their house on fire and stopped another man who happened to walk at the scene from rescuing his 21 years old wife.
Sheku S. Kamara surrendered to police and confessed to the crime.
Sheku S. Kamara is alleged to have returned home late in the morning on Monday, 27th March, 2017, and futilely knock on their room for his wife (Hassanatu Fornah) to open for him, and that he seeks the intervention of his neighbor to talk to his wife.
Sources said tension ensued between Sheku and his wife, which led him to transfer into another house, taking with him his personal belongings and their child.
Unknowingly to his wife, Kamara allegedly returned back after the neighbors were inside their houses and poured petrol around the building and set it on fire.
According to sources, a passerby who saw the inferno attempted to rescue the victim who was trapped inside the raging fire but was fought by Kamara. She was later rescued by the neighbors and rushed to the Makeni Regional Hospital but died at the hospital despite efforts by the emergency medical team.
Postmortem report suggests she died of suffocation and severe primary burns inflicted on her entire body. Her body was handed over to her relatives on Tuesday and have since been buried.
The inferno is also reported to have destroyed 12 residences the ground.
The victim’s mother, 74 years Fatu Fornah, cried to the authorities for justice for her daughter. The suspect is also reported to having a history of armed robbery, violence, drugs and a terrible temperament.
People in the township are still baffled as to what led to him setting his wife on fire.