July 19, 2021
By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
Mohamed Sesay Alias Daddy, was last Thursday, 15th July, sentenced to twenty years imprisonment by Justice S.O. Taylor of the Siaka Steven Street High Court in Freetown, after being found guilty of sexually penetrating two toddlers-a-six- year and a-seven-year-old, respectively.
The convict was before the High Court on three counts of sexual touching Contrary to Section 20 (1) (b) Sexual Penetration contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act, as repealed and replaced by Section 4 of the Sexual (Amendment) Act of 2019 Act No.8 of 2019.
The State prosecutor, I.A Kamara, had alleged that on 2nd April, 2020, the convict penetrated a 7 &6 old girls, within the Western Area of Freetown.
Justice Taylor said the prosecution proved that the convict intentionally had sexual touching and penetrated the two kids.
“I found you guilty of sexual penetration of a child and therefore sentence you to twenty years imprisonment. You are to start your imprisonment straight off and the year served at the Correctional Centre is inclusive of this time,” he ordered.
The judge said the 6 years old victim, had in her statement to the police, said the convict took her to his bedroom and started touching her private part, and that he also penetrated her friend.
According to him, with all the four evidences that the prosecution tendered to make their case, his only contention was that the victims were not caught inside the residence of the accused person.
Justice Taylor noted that the convict had denied the allegations after he had admitted to the police that he did not want the matter to be taken to court.
“I had wanted to go for something much lesser, but since you have decided to lie to the court, I don’t think you deserve mercy,” the judge said.
He added that the convict could have saved himself from problems, if he had admitted to the accusation earlier as the law provides for a lesser term to be given to an accused person, who does not waste the court’s time.