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15yrs imprisonment for deforming police officer

February 1, 2021

By Ibrahim Kabba Turay

Justice Monfred Sesay of the Freetown High Court has on Tuesday, 26th January , sentenced Abdul Turay to fifteen years imprisonment after he was found guilty of  wounding Inspector Sultan Sewa and rendered his left hand permanently deformed.

The 20 year old  Abdul Turay was accused of wounding with intent by the  Sierra Leone Police , after striking the victim twice on his left hand , when an arrest warrant was about to be executed on  him  in Moyamba.

He was charged with one count of wounding with intent, contrary to Section 18 of the Offences Against the Persons Act of 1861.

According to the Judge, for the accused to be found guilty of such an offence, the prosecution must prove three elements, amongst which is that the victim must have been wounded, and that the accused must have caused the wound, with intent to cause the victim grievous bodily harm.

In order to make its case, the prosecution called five witnesses, including the victim, Police Constable Joseph Bangali, Police Constable Ansu Jalloh and Dr. Alieu Gembeh.He also tendered five exhibits in the process.

Going through the testimony of the victim, Justice Sesay said on 2nd June, 2020, in Moyamba, they went to execute a warrant of arrest in respect of a case against the accused together with other police officers at 7am.

He said after several knocks at the accused’s door, he opened the door holding a cutlass which he used to strike the victim twice.

He said the victim later ran for his life together with other police officers, as they weren’t in a police uniform when they want to execute such warrant.

After going through all of the exhibits and evidences including the doctor’s report, Justice Sesay said the prosecution, initially led by Lawyer Joseph Sesay, had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and therefore found the accused guilty of the offence charged.

The convict together with his lawyer, A. Kanu from Legal Aid Board, called on the Judge to temper justice with mercy, adding that he has learned his lesson.

But the plea fell on deaf ears, as the judge said such behavior don’t deserve mercy.

He said the act of the convict has left the victim permanently deformed.

He, however, recommended for the victim to be promoted to nothing less than a superintendent due to such permanent deformity and sacrifice after serving the police for over a decade.

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