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Accused committed to High Court for human trafficking, sexual penetration

April 10, 2019

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Magistrate Abdul Sheriff presiding at the Pademba Road Magistrate Court No.3 on Monday (9th April) committed the case of Hassan Turay to the High Court after completing the preliminary investigations on the offences of sexual penetration and human trafficking.

The accused person was preliminarily investigated at the lower court for alleged sexual   penetration contrary to Section 19 of Sexual Offences Act of 2012 and Human Trafficking contrary to Section 2(1) of the Anti-Human Trafficking Act of 2005.

Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Moses Moore, alleges that the accused on a date between 1st April, 2018, and 30th April, 2018, at Magazine Wharf off Guard Street in Freetown, sexually penetrated a girl below the age of 18 to wit 15 years.

In count two, it was alleged that the accused person on the same date and place, trafficked the victim and three others.

Magistrate Sheriff remarked that, ‘Having gone through the evidence so far presented in the preliminary investigations, I am satisfied that the accused person has a case to answer. I therefore commit this matter to the High Court of Justice for trial.”