July 6, 2021
By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
A juvenile, who was convicted of sexual penetration,has yesterday, July 5th,2021, been sentenced to five years imprisonment.
The 17-year-old juvenile was found guilty of sexually penetrating a 16- year- old pupil.
The convict was standing trial in the High Court presided by Justice M.P Mami, on one count charge of sexual penetration of a child contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012,as repealed and replaced by Section 4 of the Sexual Offence (Amendment) Act 2019 Act No. of 2019.
The state prosecutor had alleged that the convict, on 7th May, 2019, in Freetown, Western Area District, sexually penetrated the victim who was below the age of 18th years, to wit 16 years.
When the charges were put to the convict by the court’s registrar, he pleaded guilty as charged.
M. Karimu from the Legal Aid Board pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy on the convict, stating that he was a first time offender.
Lawyer Karimu converses the judge to discharge the juvenile because he did not waste the court’s time.
However, Justice Mami in his judgment stated that he decided to give the minimum sentence to the child convict because he was a first time offender and has not in any way involved in any criminal activity.
He added that the convict is a pupil with a greater future and that since he did not waste the court’s time, he would sentence him to five years imprisonment.
He ordered that the time the convict had spent in jail should be included in the jail term.