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Father testifies in rape matter

NOVEMBER 6, 2014 By Hawa Amara

Father of a 17-year-old rape victim yesterday narrated how his daughter was raped.

Testifying at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Komba Kamanda, the victim’s father told the court he first met the accused at a meeting organized by the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), and that on diverse dates between 23 November 2013 and 15th June 2014, he went home after the day’s work to see the accused teaching his daughter at home.

He told the court that he had advised his wife to stop allowing the accused into their resident.

“Since then I did not set eyes on the accused until June 15, 2014 when I saw him coming together with two men and complained that my daughter broke into his house,” he testified.

“I then called on seven other people to listen to the allegation. I asked the accused as to whether anything got missing in the house to which he replied in the negative,” he further testified.

He told the court that as he was interrogating the accused, police officers surfaced at the house and informed him that his daughter had made a report of rape against the accused. He said his daughter later handed him a bloodied pant and a cloth.

The witness further stated that he made a report against the accused at the New England police where a medical paper was issued for the victim to be treated at the Rainbow Centre – which specialises in treating sexual violence cases.

While being cross-examined by lead defence counsel H.M. Gevao, the witness said he couldn’t remember the exact date his daughter gave him the bloodied pant. Asked to produce his daughter’s voter identification card, he said she didn’t vote in those elections because “she is still 17”.

The defence counsel then applied for bail, which Magistrate Kamanda granted in the sum of Le40m with two sureties in like sum, noting that the bail should be approved by the acting Master and Registrar.

The accused was arraigned on one count of sexual penetration of a child, contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.

The matter continues.

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