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2 pupils incarcerated for sexual penetration

By Jeneba A Conteh

A court of appeal judge, Justice Komba Kamanda has sentenced Hassan Tunkara and Junior Musa to five years imprisonment each after they were found guilty of   conspiracy to commit sexual penetration and sexual penetration.

The accused were juveniles at the time they committed the crime. One of the accused-Hassan Tunkara was a 17-year-old pupil while Junior Musa was a 15-year-old pupil at the time the crime was committed.

Both accused were standing trail on two counts of conspiracy to commit sexual penetration contrary to Section 43(b) of the Sexual Offences Act 2012, Act No. 12 of 2021 as repealed and replaced by Section 4 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2019, Act No.11 of 2019 and sexual penetration contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act 2012, Act No. 12 of 2012, as repealed and replaced by Section 4 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2019, Act No. 8 2019.

It is alleged that both accused on a date unknown between the 1st day of January 2019, and the 31st of December, 2019, in Freetown, conspired together to  sexually penetrate a minor.

The judge found both accused guilty of the offences as charged, stating that the prosecution was able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

He said the voluntary caution statements of both accused persons were confessional statements to the offences.

The judge noted that in as much as both accused persons were juveniles at the time they committed the offences, but what did was wrong in law and that he would give them the appropriate jail term.

.The state  was represented by Yusuf Issac Sesay  while the accused persons were represented by H. Momoh from Legal Aid Board.

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