Juvenile gets 10-year imprisonment for manslaughter

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By Yusufu S. Bangura

After spending eight-year-three month on remand, a fourteen-year-old boy (name withheld) has finally been sentenced to ten years imprisonment by Justice Costmotina Jarrett presiding at the Siaka Stevens Street High Court in Freetown for the offence of manslaughter.

The convict was before the court on one count of manslaughter contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

State counsel, Yusuf Kamara alleged that the convict on the 15th October 2015 in Freetown unlawfully killed Abdul Gbassay Kargbo.

When the charge was read and explained to the convict by the court registrar, he pleaded guilty to the offense of manslaughter.

After he pleaded guilty, Justice Jarrett asked the convict if he had anything to say before she sentenced him, the convict pleaded with her to temper him justice with mercy, that he has learnt his lessons while on remand.

Making his plea of mitigation on behalf of the convict, Lawyer Yusuf Kargbo stated that the convict had been in prison since October 2015, adding that the convict is a young man and being in prison has reformed him.

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