In a riveting turn of events at the ongoing Court Martial trial, Sergeant Lansana Mansaray emerged as a pivotal witness, recounting his brave actions during the attempted coup attack.
Led in evidence by Colonel M.B.S Amara, Sgt. Mansaray vividly detailed the harrowing moments when he courageously confronted assailants at the heart of chaos.
According to his testimony, Sgt. Mansaray learned of the attack on the armoury from Military Police Lance Corporal Kargbo, who had narrowly escaped the clutches of the assailants.
Dressed in civilian attire to evade detection, Kargbo alerted Mansaray about the unfolding crisis at the ammunition site.
With adrenaline coursing through their veins, they embarked on a perilous journey towards the armoury, with Mansaray gripping a rifle acquired from a fellow colleague.
However, their mission took a dramatic turn when chaos erupted at the Joint Communication Unit Gate, as masked assailants unleashed violence upon the Military Police.
In a swift and decisive move, Sgt. Mansaray took cover and fired at the attackers, inadvertently injuring one of his own comrades. Despite the mayhem, the wounded Military Police managed to disarm the civilian assailant and flee to safety.
The situation further escalated when the sound of gunfire attracted more assailants at the armoury, culminating in a life-threatening encounter for Sgt. Mansaray.
Faced with imminent danger, he bravely warned his colleagues about the perilous circumstances, harboring a profound sense of distrust towards anyone in the chaotic environment.
Lance Corporal Kargbo, who bore witness to the tumultuous events, provided corroborating testimony, detailing his own ordeal of being shot by Sgt. Mansaray while grappling with a civilian attacker.
Seeking refuge at Five Battalion, Kargbo sought solace and safety, where he shared crucial information with Mansaray about the unfolding turmoil.
As the trial delved deeper into the aftermath of the fateful day, lawyer Julian Cole conducted a rigorous cross-examination, unraveling the intricacies of the intense and chaotic events that unfolded on November 25th and 26th, 2023.
The courtroom remained captivated as the heroic testimonies shed new light on the bravery and resilience displayed amidst adversity.