By Hawa Amara
Two accused persons – Aruna Bangura and Emmanuel Kamara – have been remanded for the alleged gang-rape of a 25 year-old woman, who prosecutors say was also robbed by the duo.
The accused were charged on three counts of conspiracy to rape, and rape, contrary to section 6 of the Sexual Offences Act, No.12 of 2012, and robbery contrary to the law of Sierra Leone.
According to the charge sheet read in court, the accused persons on 23 April 2014, at Easton Street in Freetown, conspired with unknown persons to commit a felony, to wit rape.
The charge sheet also indicated that on the same date, the accused unlawfully sexually penetrated the victim without her consent and robbed her the sum of Le20,000.
In her testimony, the victim told the court that on the said date, at around 5am, she was coming from her boyfriend’s residence when the accused persons assaulted and took her to a basement and forcefully raped and robbed her.
She explained that as one of the accused persons was busy raping her, the other removed a knife and placed it on her neck.
She said the accused persons raped her at intervals and that she was able to recognize the culprits when one of them inadvertently illuminated a light, which helped her identify their face.
Magistrate Steven Conteh, presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 1, remanded the two at the Pademba Road maximum security prison after he refused them bail and adjourned the matter to 3rd June.
The matter is prosecuted by Inspector M. Sanjah.