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Man, 22 sentenced to 10yrs in prison for sexually abusing girl,11

July 16, 2021

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma 

22-year-old Johnson Solomon was on Wednesday, July, 14th, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment at the Freetown Male Correctional Centre for sexually  abusing an 11 years old minor. 

The convict who has been on trial since 2019, last Tuesday, July 13 ,during the trial opted to  change his plea from not guilty to guilty as charged. 

“Out of your plea mitigation for mercy with the promise that you are not going to do it again, I believe every human being can change and taken into consideration your age, I hereby sentence you to 10 years imprisonment,” the judge ruled. 

The convict was in court on a one count charge of sexual penetration of a child. State prosecutor, Idriss Kamara, had alleged that the convict on December 2nd, 2019, in Freetown, penetrated the victim. 

However, on the request of the convict to change his not guilty plea to guilty on Tuesday, presiding Judge, Samuel Omodale Taylor, ordered the Sexual Model Court Clerk to read the charge to the convict again and he pleaded guilty. 

In his sentencing statement, Justice Taylor said the law is clear that once someone has pleaded guilty to an offence, the court should go ahead and sentence that person.

He said the convict knew he was guilty and has made a confessional statement to the police, and that he was caught right on the act, yet he wasted the court’s time by not pleading guilty and allowed the state to lead two witnesses.

The convict who was unrepresented pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, with the promise that he was never going to repeat the said crime again.

“I want to tell the court that I am sorry, and I promise I will never repeat it again. This is going to be the first and the last, I ask the court to tamper justice with mercy,” he pleaded. 

The judge further ordered that the sentence term take into consideration the time the convict had already spent in custody during the trial.

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