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Sexual matter goes to High Court

May 16, 2016 By Hawa Amara

A sexual matter involving one Alie Mansaray, who allegedly sexually penetrated a thirteen-year-old girl, was last Friday committed to the High Court by Magistrate Albert J. Moody for trial.

The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 on one count of sexual penetration of a child, contrary section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused on Thursday, 3 May, 2016 at Pipe Line, Allen Town, east Freetown, sexually penetrated the victim, who is 13.

In his ruling, Magistrate Moody stated that the prosecution called four witnesses, including the victim’s aunt, who testified that the accused was her landlord.

He said the aunt stated that on the day of the incident she had gone for classes and that after she returned the victim was not at home.

He said the aunt further testified that she later saw the victim with her co-tenant, and that she was asked to explain as to where she was coming from, but declined until an elderly woman intervened.

She said the victim later told them that she was with the accused person, who took her to an unfinished building and had sex with her.

“Upon the evidence of the victim and the aunt, the accused is therefore committed to the upper court for further trial,” the Magistrate ruled.

The accused though pleaded not guilty to the offence charged, and indicated he would call witnesses to testify on his behalf in the High Court, as well as lead evidence.

Magistrate Moody put the accused on bail Le40m plus two sureties in like sum.

He said the sureties must be residents within the jurisdiction and must produce national passports, adding that the bail should be approved by Acting Master and Registrar of the High Court.

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