February 21, 2018 By Memunatu Bangura
A soldier of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), Brima Thaimu Koroma, yesterday made his third appearance before Magistrate Abdul Sheriff, presiding at the Siaka Steven Street Magistrates’ Courts No.7, for allegedly sexually penetrating his fourteen-year-old niece.
Forty-nine-year-old Koroma was before the court on one count of sexual penetration contrary to Section 19 of Sexual Offence Act No.12 of 2012.
According to the police, the accused on diverse dates between 20th and 30th October 2017, at Seven Battalion-Goderich, sexually penetrated a child below eighteen years, to wit fourteen.
Testifying in court, the victim recognised the accused person as he uncle, stating that on one of the occasions, her aunt left her in charge of a stall where the accused person met her.
“He was returning home from work when he met me at the shop and proposed to me, to which I agreed,” narrates the alleged victim.
According to her, the accused returned the next day and asked her to follow him to his residence, adding that when they arrived home the accused took her inside his house and asked her to undress.
She explained that after she undressed herself, the accused asked her to bend down, while he penetrated her.
The fourteen-year-old girl further explained that after the accused was done with her, blood was oozing from her genital and that the former later took a cloth and wiped it off, asking her to go home and take her bath.
She also told the court that the accused promised to give her some money at the end of the month.
The victim said she went home but after few days her mother noticed a change in her appearance and confronted her to speak out.
“I told my mother what the accused person did to me and she later reported the matter at Adonkia police station where we made statement,” she said.
The accused was granted bail in the sum of Le30 million, two sureties, each to produce a Bank statement and national identity card, although he could not fulfill the conditions as at press time.
The matter is prosecuted by Assistant Superintendent of Police I. May, while the accused is represented by Lawyer Victor Baindoma.