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9-year-old narrates rape ordeal

OCTOBER 28, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

A 9-year-old victim of sexual penetration has narrated her ordeal in the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda. With her identity concealed, the victim went through the harrowing experience of how she was sexually abused by one Foday Bendu, 27.

The accused faces one count of sexual penetration of a child. According to the prosecution, the incident occurred on 11th September in Freetown.

In her testimony, the victim said the accused used to visit their compound and that on the said date she was watching a movie in the living room when he called her from outside the compound.

“I went out and saw the accused who then gave me two pairs of sleepers and meat. He told me that the items were given to him by my mother for delivery to me, and I received them,” explained the victim.

She said the accused then told her to drop the items in and meet him outside, which she did. “The accused took me into one aunty Sarah’s children’s room where he removed my pant and penetrated his penis into my vagina. After he had finished, he threatened to kill me should I disclose the incident to anybody,” she testified.

She further narrated that her mother was cleaning her pant the following day when she saw blood stains.

“My mother asked me as to what had gone wrong. I explained to her and we both went to the police station where I was issued a medical paper. We went to the hospital and thereafter made statement to the police,” she said.

Also in the same court, a 12-year-old testified how she was sexually abused by one Mohamed Lamin Turay.

She said the incident occurred on 9 August in Freetown when the accused called to buy him rice and that upon her return, the accused asked that she waits in the living room while he went outside to pay someone.

She said the accused returned and requested that they enter his bedroom, where he told her to lie on the bed, before he removed her pant and penetrated her.

The victim said she felt some pain during the process and pleaded with the accused to get up, but he continued until he was satisfied. She said the accused then got up, dressed her and thereafter pushed her outside.

She further told the court that as soon as the accused pushed her outside, one of her aunties, Isha, saw them and enquired with her.

“I explained and the woman took me into the house, checked me and discovered some sperm in my vagina,” she said.

She said Aunty Isha called her uncle with whom she stays and informed him about the incident, adding that the accused was later arrested and taken to the police station.

Both matters are ongoing in court.

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