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For want of prosecution witness…

Blind man accused of rape discharged

May 28, 2015 By Hawa Amara

A blind man, Tommy Pokuwa Williams, who was alleged to have penetrated a two-year-old girl, yesterday got cautioned and discharged by Magistrate Albert J. Moody for want of a prosecution witness.

Magistrate Moody noted that since the accused was charged to court early last month, the prosecution had failed to summon witnesses to expedite the trial. He said because the accused is a blind man he would not continue to keep him in custody without being tried.

The magistrate stated that the matter before the court was “very serious and discharge cannot stop the prosecution from continuing with the matter if there are any witnesses”.

Magistrate Moody warned the accused to always be of good behaviour and to keep the peace.

The accused, Pokuwa Williams, had been rejected by prison officers since the inception of the matter because they lack the facility to keep in remand a blind man.

Thus, the accused was sent to the Central Police Station on protective custody, but officers there also rejected to take him in.

He had been arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 on one count of sexual penetration of a child, contrary to section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act No.12 of 2012.

According the particulars of offence, the accused on 3March, 2015 at Gbongony Street, Hasting, just outside Freetown, sexually penetrate a two-year-old child.