July 11, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Justice Miatta Samba, presiding at the Freetown High Court, Friday, 7 July, 2016 granted bail of Le50m and a surety to one John Kamara, who is standing trial for the offence of sexual penetration of a child.
As part of the bail conditions set by the trial judge, the surety must be a resident owner of property in Freetown who should also submit a valid travel document to the Acting Master and Registrar of the High Court of Sierra Leone.
The accused was in court on one count of sexual penetration, contrary to section 19 of the Sexual Penetration Act of 2012. The section prescribes a jail term not exceeding fifteen years for conviction.
State prosecutor Ahmed J.M. Bockarrie alleged that the accused on 7 July, 2014, engaged in a sexual activity with his underage victim, somewhere in Freetown.
Also in the same court, one Kelvin Davie testified against his girlfriend, Kadiatu Manasary, and Saidu Kamara and Mohamed Aliue Bah. The trio is tried for larceny and receiving stolen goods, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
They were charged with three counts of larceny and receiving stolen goods, contrary to law.
According to the prosecution, the first accused was charged with larceny on 17 January, 2015 for allegedly stealing a 60.1 grams of gold necklace valued Le19m and another 14 grams gold necklace valued Le8m, both property of the complainant, Kelvin Davie.
Saidu Kamara and Mohamed Aliue Bah were charged with receiving stolen goods, contrary to section 33(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
Testifying in court, Davie said he recognised the first accused as his girlfriend, but denied knowing the second and third accused. He recalled 17 January, 2015 when he and the first accused went to his house.
He said after having some fun he decided to accompany the first accused back to her house, adding that on their way the accused asked to be dropped off at Garrison Street. He said that when he returned home he realised that his two gold chains were missing and that he tried to reach the accused but couldn’t and reported the matter to the police. The accused was subsequently arrested before he was called to make a statement, he said.