Domestic violence: husband granted Le10m bail


SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

One Mohamed Bashiru Alghali, who was alleged to have physically abused his wife, Maseray Alghali of Krootown Road, was yesterday granted a bail of Le10 million by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2.

The accused was arraigned on two counts of domestic violence (physical abuse) contrary to Section 2(1) of the Domestic Violence Act of 2007.

The prosecution alleges that the accused on 24 April, 2014, at No.6 Cape Palmer Street in Freetown, abused his wife.

In her testimony, Mrs. Alghali told the court that her husband is in the habit of molesting and beating her, adding, “He has sold the television and freezer I bought for our own use.”

“I reported him to the Family Support Unit (FSU) before and the problem was amicably settled, but he continued to do the same, which is why I decided to bring the matter before the court of law,” she explained.

She further told the court that after their marriage in 2008, she gave her husband the sum of two thousand United States dollars to buy goods from Guinea and sell in Sierra Leone, but the money was wasted.

“We took some amount of money to the bank but my husband withdrew everything without my consent. The little [money] I was using to do my business was also stolen by my husband,” she alleged.

However, Magistrate Kamanda granted the accused bail of Le10 million and instructed him to move out of the house to avoid further problems.