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Stolen bags found in murder raid
Zainab Kalokoh
Zainab Kalokoh was originally from Sierra Leone
Handbags were found at the home of a teenager accused of shooting a woman dead as she held a baby at the child's christening party, a court has heard.

Inside one handbag was an unopened christening card, prosecutor Brian Altman told the Old Bailey.

The bags are alleged to have been taken during a raid on the party in Peckham, south London, in August 2005, during which Zainab Kalokoh, 31, died.

Four youths, aged between 15 and 17, deny murder and conspiracy to rob.

Other bags, valuables and personal effects were discovered in another bin liner hidden behind a wall unit in the teenager's living room, the jury heard.

Child unharmed

Seven 9mm cartridges were also found in the pocket of a black jacket in the hallway, Mr Altman said.

Mrs Kalokoh, who had fled to Britain from her native war-torn Sierra Leone, was shot in the head during the robbery and collapsed, still holding the baby girl - her niece - inside the Wood Dene Estate community hall.

Although covered in blood, the child was unharmed.

The prosecution allege that as Mrs Kalokoh lay dying, "incredibly", members of the gang made their way round the hall telling cowering guests to get down and gathering up valuables and trophies from them.

The four defendants cannot be named due to their age.

The case continues.


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