Man, 40, remanded for penetrating girl 15


July 16, 2018

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Engineer Martin Bockarie, 40, was last Thursday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown by the orders of Magistrate Abdul Sheriff, presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.7.

Bockarie was arraigned for the alleged sexual penetration of a child contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offense Act No. 12 of 2012.

According to the prosecution, the accused person on diverse dates between Tuesday, 1st August 2017 to Saturday, 31st March 2018 at No.76 Upper George Brook, Dwarzack, Freetown, sexually penetrated a fifteen-year-old girl.

In her testimony, the victim recognised the accused as a neighbour and recalled on the day of the alleged incident.

The victim said that her mother sent her to take some food to the accused on the night of the alleged incident, adding on her arrival she met him standing at the entrance of the door and asked her to take the food inside and place it on the table.

 “While I was sitting, the accused shoved me on the bed, removed my dress and penetrated his penis inside my vagina. After the forceful intercourse, I felt severe pain and I went home. When I went to take my bath, I saw blood stain on my pant,” she told the court.

The victim told the court that in the morning, she went to launder her clothes at a nearby stream and that while laundering her clothes, one of her friends saw the pant and asked her about the blood stain on it, adding that she replied the accused had forcibly had sex with her.

She also said that on a certain Friday, she went out and did not return home early and that the accused invited her into his home and had sex with her for the second time.

She added that after the intercourse, the accused gave her 10,000 Leones and asked her not to tell anyone about the incident.

She told the court that she narrated her experience to her uncle who reported the matter at the New England Ville Police, where they were issued with a medical request form which they took to the Rainbow Centre at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital.

She said a doctor at the centre confirmed she was pregnant.
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The accused is represented by Lawyer Thomas Beah.

The matter was adjourned to Monday, 16th July.