April 12, 2019
By Ibrahim K. Turay
Justices Momoh Jah Stevens, presiding at the Siaka Steven Street High Court, has yesterday sentenced one Unisa Dumbuya to life imprisonment after finding him guilty for sexually abusing a 10 year-old child.
Dumbuya was before the court on one count of sexual penetration, contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act No 12 of 2012.
The convict on 6th of April, 2018, in Freetown, engaged in an act of sexual penetration with a child below the age of eighteen.
While ruling on the matter, Justice Stevens said the accused person had pleaded not guilty to the offence as charged, adding that the prosecution had applied that the convict be tried by judge alone.
He added that the court granted the said application and that the prosecution led three witnesses against the accused person.
Justice Steven stated that there was a clear case of corroboration that the allegation made against the convict was true.
He said after the prosecution closed its case, the convict was asked as to how he might want to testify, and that he chose to take the witness stand and testify.
“Dumbuya denied the allegation by a mere statement from the dock. I submit that the statement made by the accused in the dock is of no moment and lacking in law, in view of the fact that there has been an initial confessional statement and the accused has no witness,” he said.
“I submit that the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt. The accused is therefore guilty of sexual penetration. He is therefore sentence to life imprisonment,” he ruled.
Meanwhile, Dumbuya has been the second person to be bitten by the emergency declared by President Bio on sexual violence. A school teacher was also recently convicted of sexual penetration and eventually sentenced to life imprisonment.