January 14, 2015 By Isata Janneh
Deputy Executive Director of Cabinet Oversight and Monitoring in the Office of the President at State House, John L. Musa, yesterday testified against his half brother, Alie Musa, in an assault matter before the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda.
The accused Alie Musa was docked on two counts of indecent assault contrary to Section 7 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to Section 47 of the Offences Against the Persons Act of 1861.
The prosecution alleges that on Monday 30th September, 2014 at 9C Cockerill North, off Wilkinson Road in Freetown, the accused indecently assaulted one Mariama Barrie.
In his testimony in court, John L. Musa said he knew the accused person as his half brother and also knew the complainant as his (witness) girlfriend, and that he recalled the incident on the 30th of September 2014.
He said on the said date, he had gone to bed with his girlfriend when his brother came from Koidu Town in Kono and entered their bedroom to ask his girlfriend concerning “a rumour” that he had attempted to rape her.
The witness said he told his brother that it was late in the night and that the time was not right to discuss as issue of such nature. He said he asked the accused to wait in the morning to deal with the issue and tried to pacify him to leave the room, but to no avail.
“He refused to leave and pushed me to the ground. He also assaulted my girlfriend repeatedly,” the witness told the court.
He said during the scuffle, he could not save his girlfriend from being beaten by his brother due to his condition, sitting in a wheelchair. He said other family members who heard some noise coming from his room had to rush in to separate them.
He further told the court that after the tussle, he saw blood running from the complainant’s nostrils and in some parts of her body. He said he was later called by the police to make a statement.
The matter was adjourned to 5th February.