April 11, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Samuel Turay, aka Papa 37, was on Thursday 6th April, 2017 sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Justice Alhaji Momoh-Jah Stevens, presiding at the Rose Road High Court in Freetown, after convicting him on the offence of sexual penetration of a twelve years old girl.
The convict was before him on a count of Sexual Penetration contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
The prosecution had alleged that the convict on 11th April, 2015 in Freetown engaged in an act of sexual penetration with the victim under the age of eighteen to wit twelve years.
In his judgment, Justice Stevens said the prosecution had summoned three witnesses and that the first witness was the victim, who had testified that on the day of the incident, she went to fetch water at a borehole at New England Ville where she came across the convict and a man she couldn’t recognize.
She further that the convict plus the unidentified individual took her to the bedroom of the former, who took-off her dresses and penetrated her
He said the teenager had testified that during the intercourse, the unidentified man left the room and that the convict threatened to harm her should she told anybody about the incident.
He said the victim had told the court that she later went home and reported the matter to her relatives; thereafter the matter was reported to the New England Police Station, where she was referred to the Rainbow Centre for medical examination.
The judge said after careful review of the entirety of the evidence before the court, he held the view that the existence of corroboration was well in place since the victim was unable to give a clear description of the room of the accused person.
“The point at issue of grave concern is that sexual offences are on the increase and there is no letting-off in the attempt by some wicked people to deprive and frustrate these little girls from attaining their values and potentials. If a girl of tender age is deflowered then what lies ahead? No hopes save for the intervention of divine providence,” he said.
He stated that both the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran condemned in no uncertain terms such types of naked act of aggression against a girl child.
Justice Stevens said in his view the prosecution has certainly proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and that he therefore found the accused person guilty on the offence of sexual penetration which is contrary to the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
He added that the accused has presented himself as a dangerous person who could stop at nothing in his lust to penetrate the victim.
“To me it is a cowardly act and a lesson must be thought and I therefore sentence the convict to seven years imprisonment,” he judged.