March 18, 2016 By Hawa Amara
Justice Miatta Samba of the Freetown High Court yesterday slammed seven years imprisonment on one Thomas Conteh, 52, after he was found guilty of sexually penetrating a 13-year-old girl.
He had been charged with one count of sexual penetration of a child, contrary to section 19 of the Sexual offences Act No.12 of 2012.
According to the particulars of offence, the convict between 1 January, 2012 and 30 September, 2014 sexually penetrated a child under the age of 18, to wit 13 years.
Justice Samba stated that the convict admitted using his fingers several times to penetrate the victim’s private part.
She told the court that the prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence against the accused to warrant a guilty verdict.
She said the maximum sentence for sexual penetration offence is fifteen years and that whether the convict used his fingers or penis to penetrate the victim’s private part, both was commensurate to sexual penetration.
State prosecutor, A.G.M. Bockarie, urged the judge to give the maximum sentence to serve as lesson to others.
However, defence counsel Cheryl Blake pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy, noting that as a first time offender he should be spared a custodian sentence.
But Justice Samba sentenced the man to seven years imprisonment, in accordance with Sexual Offences Act.