April 22, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
A sexual penetration matter involving one Mohamed Adelaide was yesterday committed to the High Court by Magistrate Albert J. Moody, presiding magistrate at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2.
The accused was arraigned on one count of sexual penetration of a child in breach of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
The prosecution had alleged that the accused on diverse dates between 16 October, 2014 and 16 January, 2015 sexually penetrated a girl under the age of 18 years at Didi Drive, Allen Town, east of Freetown.
In his committal statement, Magistrate Moody noted that having listened to two witnesses presented by the prosecution and based on the evidence adduced, he had no iota of doubt the accused has a case to answer at the High Court.
Earlier, in his plea of mitigation, the accused told the court that prior to his arrest, mother of the victim had requested the sum of Le500,000 from him, after alleging to have spent Le700,000 on the victim’s maintenance, as an out of court settlement.
“After paying the money to the victim’s mother, few days later I was invited to the police station where I was arrested and detained for four days before I was charged to court,” he said.
He revealed that he would give evidence at the High Court and call witnesses to testify in his defence.