Incest: soldier committed to High Court


June 9, 2016 By Hawa Amara

An incest matter involving a military officer who allegedly sexual intercourse with his daughter was yesterday committed to the High Court for trial.

The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, presided over Magistrate Dr.Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara, on one count of incest contrary to section 10(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2012, as part of preliminary investigation to establish whether he has a prima facie case to answer.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused on diverse dates between 1 January and 7 April 2016, at Murray Town Military Barrack, had sexual intercourse with his victim, a 12-year-old.

In his ruling, Magistrate Dr. Binneh-Kamara stated that the prosecution called two witnesses, including the victim and a formal witness, adding that the evidence adduced against the accused was sufficient to warrant his committal to the High Court.

“Having gone through the evidence, I’m satisfied that the accused has a case to answer; I therefore commit the matter to the High Court for trial and the accused is put on bail in the sum of Le50m, one surety in like sum, the surety must produce a national passport and must reside in the Western Area. Also the bail should be approved by the Deputy Master and Registrar,” said the magistrate.