Marine observer remanded for penetrating child, 4

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March 29, 2019

By Yusufu S. Bangura

One Alie Bangura, 30, a Marine Observer, was yesterday (Thursday 28th March) remanded at the Male Correctional Centre by Magistrate Abdul Sheriff, presiding at the Siaka Steven Street Magistrates’ Court No.7 for allegedly penetrating a 4 year-old girl.

The accused person is before the court on one count of sexual penetration of a child contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offense Act No.12 of 2012.

Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Moses Moore, alleges that the accused person on Friday, 8th March, 2019, at No. 17 Off Bai Bureh Road, Quarry, Kissy in Freetown, sexually penetrated a child below the age of 18 to wit 4 years old.

In her testimony, Detective Sergeant 9566 Kamara Rugiatu, attached at the Kissy Police Station, recognized the accused and recalled on the 7th March 2019,when she was on duty at the Family Support Unit (FUS), Kissy police station.

She said while on duty a case of sexual penetration was reported against the accused by the complainant on behalf of her daughter.

“I issued a police medical request form to the victim for examination. The medical was later returned to me and I obtained statement from the victim and witnesses. On the same date I obtained statement from the accused,” he said.

She said the statement taking was witnessed by Detective Inspector Umu Marrah,while she signed as the recorder.

The witness told the court that on 26th March, 2019, she charged the accused person with the offense of sexual penetration of a child.

Defense Counsel applied for bail on behalf of his client, noting that his client has reliable sureties that would stand in his recognizance and that if granted bail, he would not jump bail because he has fixed address.

However, the prosecution objected to bail, saying that considering the age of the accused to that of the victim, the matter is very serious.

He argued that the accused would interfere with the witnesses because they live at the same house.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Sheriff remanded the accused and adjourned the matter to Friday, 29th March.