By Yusufu S. Bangura
Saidu Sesay and Mohamed Tarawallie were yesterday May 17, convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison each after they pleaded guilty to one count charge of wounding with intent.
The Presiding Judge for the May Criminal Session call-over, Justice Nicolas Browne-Marke (JSC), ordered both convicts who were in court on two separate offences to serve their jail term at the Freetown Male Correctional Facilities, on Pademba Road.
The convicts, who according to court records had already spent seven months in prison, were before the court for wounding with intent contrary to Section 18 of the offense against the person Act 1861.
State prosecutor, Jessie S. Tucker, alleged that the convict, on the 8th October 2021 in Freetown, wounded one Sulaiman Kargbo with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutor Tucker also alleged that Mohamed Tarawallie on November 22, 2021 in Freetown, wounded Edward Kamara with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.
In their plea mitigation, both convicts pleaded with the Judge to temper justice with mercy, noting that they regret their actions and that they have also learnt their lessons and promised not to commit any crime again.
Defense Counsel, Cecilia Tucker from Legal Aid Board also pleaded with the judge to tamper justice with mercy, on the grounds that the convicts were first time offenders and they have regret their actions and they have also promised not to commit any crime again.
Justice Browne-Marke sentenced both convicts to 18months imprison each including the time also spent in custody during the trial.