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Disable gets 7yrs imprisonment for sexual penetration

February 11, 2021

By Hassan G. Koroma

Justice John Bosco Allieu has yesterday, February 10th, sentenced  one Fayia Musa, a disable walking  with the support of two crutches, to seven years imprisonment after he was convicted of sexual penetration contrary to law.

The convict, who used to beg in the streets of Freetown, was standing trial in the High Court on a one count charge of sexual penetration.

The state had alleged that the convict on 20th of June, 2018, in Freetown, sexually penetrated a 15-year- old girl.

 According to the judge, the prosecution presented five witnesses including the victim, who testified in the trial.

He said the victim testified that on the date of the incident, she was together with her younger sister when the convict purposed love to her.

He said the victim further testified that the convict asked them to follow him into an unfinished building at Dan Street, where he penetrated her twice and gave her the sum of five thousand Leones.

The judge said the victim had also explained that on her way home, she met her grandmother along the way and explained everything to her, adding that they went in search of the convict but couldn’t find him.

He said the victim further narrated that after a week the convict went asking for her at her residence,where he was arrested after being identified by the victim.

The judge said the convict made a confessional statement to the police and admitted to the accusation, but while testifying in defence in court, he denied the allegation.

However, Lawyer Cecilia Tucker from the Legal Aid Board who represented the convict, pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy.

“My Lord, I am asking that you temper justice with mercy. My lord, the convict is still a young man and I believe he has learnt his lessons during the time he was in custody,” she pleaded.

But the judge interjected that,” You are a young man and a cripple, which makes you sorry in society, but you did not help yourself when you went about having sex with the victim in this matter,”  

According to Justice Allieu, Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012 provided that anybody convicted of the above offence should be sentenced to a jail term not exceeding 15 years.

“I am going to divide the 15 years for you. I sentence you to seven years imprisonment and all the time you have already spent in custody should be deducted,” he ruled.

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