July 8, 2020
By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
30-year-old Mohamed Bangura was yesterday (Tuesday July 7th) sentenced to fifteen (15) years imprisonment at the Freetown Male Correctional Centre after he was convicted of sexual penetration.
The convict was standing trial before Justice Monfred Sesay for the offence of sexual penetration contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
State Prosecutor, Lawyer Joseph K. Sesay, had alleged that the convict,on the 12th March, 2017 in Freetown, sexually penetrated 8-year-old Mariama Koroma (Not her real name).
In his judgment, Justice Sesay said the prosecution summoned six (6) witnesses to prove its case against the convict, thus noting that it was the duty of the prosecution to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt.
He said he had heard and examined all the evidences presented by the prosecution including the testimony of witnesses and medical certificate from the Rainbow Medical Centre.
He added that the prosecution had proved its case beyond all reasonable doubt and that the convict was guilty as charged.
Legal Aid Lawyer, O.C Spencer Coker, who represented the convict, pleaded with the judge to tamper justice with mercy, noting that the convict was a first time offender.
However, Justice Sesay sentenced the convict to 15 years imprisonment. He said the sentencing would send a strong message to men who bent on penetrating minors.