By Hawa Amara
Four accused persons were yesterday remanded at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road for allegedly gang-raping a 42 year-old woman.
Rashid Bundu a.k.a. Kainkaini, Richard Alex Buckus Ngegbai a.k.a. Bigger, Dudley Smith, and Sallay Bawoh are being tried at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on two counts of conspiracy to rape, and rape contrary to section 43(b) and section 6 of the Sexual Offences Act, respectively.
The prosecution alleges that the accused on 6 March at No.3 Skelton Lane, Wilberforce, conspired to commit a felony by unlawfully having sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent.
The victim identified the accused persons as her neighbours and that the fourth accused sells assorted alcoholic beverages. She told of how on 6 March 2014 at around 5:00pm she had gone to visit the first accused (Bundu), who was not home, when the fourth accused (Bawoh) called her.
She told the court the fourth accused urged her to buy some alcohol but she replied she had no money. She said she bought a bottle of ‘Konsombo’ alcohol on credit, which she drank and apparently got drunk and fell asleep.
“I went to the first accused person’s room to sleep when I saw the third accused (Buckus Ngegbai) removing my pant and started having sex with me, whilst the fourth and second accused held my head and were laughing. I then tried very hard and grabbed his shirt and we went to the sitting room where I saw the first accused and I explained what transpired between us,” she narrated in court.
She went further to testify that the strong local brew completely knocked her out until she later woke up in an unfinished house the next morning. She said she explained the ordeal to her husband and they reported the matter to the Aberdeen police station, where she was given a medical report form and subsequently given treatment at the Rainbow Centre for rape victims at Cottage hospital.
The matter continues.