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7 years rape victim implicates accused

June 13, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura

A seven years old girl has yesterday told Magistrate Abou Bakar Binneh-Kamara of Freetown Magistrates’ court no. 1 that, the accused, Mohamed Sesay, had sexual intercourse with her, claiming that it was not the first time he had had such an affair with her.

She was testifying before Magistrate Binneh-Kamara, where she stated that she recognised the accused as they were living in the same neighborhood at Africanus Road, Kissy.

The victim told the court that on the day of the incident, she was at home with her younger brother when the accused asked her to buy him mosquito coil from her aunt’s shop.

She claimed that the accused took her inside the house and undressed her, climbed on top of her and had sexual intercourse with her.

“He asked me to buy mosquito coil for him .When I went to him; he took off my clothes and inserted his penis into my vagina. I later saw white specimen on my private part,” she testified.

She added that while the accused was penetrating her, her aunt, Asma, caught them red-handed and reported the matter to her mother, who later took her to Harbour police station, where she was issued with a medical request form which her mother took to the Rainbow centre and later returned to the polices station to make statement.

The accused was charged with one count charge of sexual penetration contrary to section 19 of the Sexual Offences  Act no. 12 of 2012 and the prosecution alleges that, on Sunday, 23rd April, 2017, at 24 Africanus Road, he  did penetrates a girt below eighteen years to wit years seven years.

The accused was not granted bail and was sent to the Male Correctional Centre, while the matter was adjourned to Tuesday, 20th June, 2017.

In a related matter, a nine months pregnant girl, aged seventeen, also testified in the same court.

She recognized one Eric Kamara as her boyfriend, whose residence she had went willingly.

According to her, on 18th January, 2017, she went to her boyfriend (the accused) who asked her to undress and lay on the bed.

“I happily adhered to his call and both of us had sex.I enjoyed the encounter and later went home,” she testified.

She said her mother reported the matter to Adonkia police station.

Sergeant Marie Sesay had alleged that Eric Kamara, from January to December, 2016, at no. 8 Royal Lane Balcony, Goderich, was engaged in sexual penetration with a girl aged seventeen years.

Defence Lawyer, A B Lansana Esq. made an application for the accused to be granted bail, stating that he was a breadwinner, who was fending for his family and mentioned that he needed to be close to his girlfriend as she was pregnant for him.

According to him, the victim was not forced into the house of the accused person and was also not forced to have sex, noting that according to the medical report, there was no bleeding and physical injury on the victim.

However, the accused was granted bail in the sum of fifty million Leones and one surety in like sum and surety must produce national passport, while bail must be approved by Deputy Master and Registrar.