July 5, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Justice Abdul Raman Manasary of the Freetown High Court yesterday granted bail in the sum of Le50 million plus two sureties to one Tommy Kaivanga, who is standing trial before him on the offence of sexual penetration of a child.
The accused was in court on a count charge of sexual penetration, contrary to section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012, which stipulates that “A person who engages in an act of sexual penetration with a child commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding fifteen years.”
State prosecutor A. Sheku had alleged that the accused on diverse dates between 16 to 21 September, 2015 in Freetown penetrated the victim who was only six years old.
The prosecutor applied for an adjournment on the grounds that the witnesses were absent in court.
Making a bail application on behalf of the accused, Lawyer Saqui said his client would challenge the allegation and prove his innocence and that he willingly appeared in court after he only received a phone call.
He assured the court that the accused would not jump bail if granted one by the judge, adding that he had been granted bail at the Magistrate Court and did not ran away.
Justice Manasary granted the accused bail and adjourned the matter for further trial.