November 6, 2020
By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
Justice Aiah Simeon Alieu Presiding at the criminal Session of the High Court of Sierra Leone in Magburaka, Tonkolili District ,has ended with six (6) convictions with convicts to face death by hanging, while twenty-eight (28) await sentencing for several offences including sexual penetration and rape among others.
Moses Lamin Kamara,Public Relations Officer of the Judiciary, said the session was successful as justice was effectively delivered by the trial Judge, Justice Alieu.
He revealed that the Chief Justice, Desmond Babatunde Edwards, assigned eight-two (82) criminal cases; eighteen (18) were murder and the others were assorted criminal cases including sexual penetration.
Kamara said the two weeks criminal session secured twenty-nine (29) convictions among which were six (6) Murder, five (5) Manslaughters, seven (7) Sexual related cases, six (6) Wounding with intent and ten (10) Larceny cases.
He revealed further that three (3) cases were acquitted including one murder case involving two accused persons and two persons were also discharged.
Additionally, Kamara said those who were convicted for manslaughter, the Judge said that the killings were without intent to kill or to cause grievous bodily harm, but still unlawful to take the life of a human being and they were therefore convicted and sentenced for the same.
The session in Magburaka created an opportunity for over one thousand pupils at the Missionary Church of Africa (MCA) to be educated on the Sentencing Guidelines on Rape and Sexual Penetration.