Man committed to High Court for allegedly raping cousin


May 16, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura

Principal Magistrate of Freetown court No.2, Magistrate Abou Bakarr Binneh-Kamara yesterday committed one Manson Mansaray, 21, for allegedly raping his cousin.

The accused was standing trial on one count of rape contrary to Section 6 of Sexual Offence Act of 2012.

The prosecution alleged that the accused on Sunday, 5th March,2017, at Block 30, Wilberforce Barracks, had sexual intercourse with a girl without her consent.

Testifying before Magistrate Binneh-Kamara in his chamber, the victim told the court that she recognised the accused as her cousin and recalled on the day of the incident, when she met the accused watching movies in the parlor.

She stated that after she finished bathing, the accused dashed into her room without her notice.

“When I entered into my room to dress up, he followed me and I asked him out because I was dressing,” she said.

She said when she asked him out of the room, the accused became angry and slapped her in the face, pushed her to the bed and forced himself between her legs.

The victim stated that she tried to resist the accused and bit him on the hand but he endured.

“I went under the bed to escape his attack but he followed me, squeezed my mouth and inserted his finger into my virgina. I felt serious pain,” she testified.

She noted that after the accused left the room, she reported the matter to Wilberforce village Police station and was later referred to Congo Cross police division, where she was issued with a medical request form which she took to the Rainbow centre for medical examinations.

While delivering his committal statement, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara said he had gone through the evidence and was satisfied that the accused has questions to answer pursuant to the offences charged.

“I therefore commit the matter to High Court of Justice for trail,” he ruled.
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Meanwhile, the accused was put on fifty million Leones and one surety in like sum and that surety must produce a national passport and must reside in the Western Area.