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Rape matter goes to High Court

…Accused granted Le25m bail

April 13, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Magistrate Albert J. Moody last Friday committed to the High Court a sexual assault matter involving one Mohamed Rapel Sannoh, who is charged with the alleged sexual penetration of an 11-year-old girl, under section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2007.

According to the prosecution, the accused person sexually penetrated an 11-year-old girl on 22 January, 2015 at Adonkia Village, in the York Rural District.

The magistrate granted the accused bail in the sum of Le25m plus two sureties in like sum, with the sureties being resident owners of property in the Western Area who must produce a driver’s license or national identity cards, adding that the bail should be approved by the acting Master and Registrar of the High Court.

In his ruling, Magistrate Moody recalled that the accused was charged with the offence of sexual penetration and that the prosecution had called three witnesses, two factual and one formal.

He said the evidence of the factual witnesses corroborated and implicated the accused to have tampered with the victim.

“The evidence before the court is sufficient against the accused person. I therefore commit him to the High Court for further trial,” Magistrate Moody ruled.

While responding to the ruling, the accused pleaded not guilty of the offence for which he was charged, and expressed his intent to call witnesses in his defence at the High Court.