By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
Justice Komba Kamanda presiding over cases at the Sexual Offences Model Court in Freetown has sentenced 23-year-old student, Issa Koroma to 12 years imprisonment for sexually penetrating a 13-year-old girl.
The convict was before the court on one count indictment of sexual penetration contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act 2012, Act No. 12 of 2012, as repealed and replaced by Section 4 (a) (ii) of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2019, Act No. 8 of 2019.
Issa was alleged to have on a date unknown between the 1st day of August 2021 and the 31st of August 2021, in Freetown, engaged in an act of sexual penetration with a child.
At the start of the trial, State Prosecutor, Yusuf I. Sesay, made an application for trial by judge alone instead of Judge and jury,a application that was granted by the Hon. Judge.
In her statement to the police, the victim admitted knowing Issa, who was suspect at the time as her friend’s uncle with whom they all lived in the same community.
She told the police that on a certain day in August 2021, she was going to buy sugar on the instruction of her mother when he (Issa) called her, led her into his room and sexually penetrated her.
The police medical report of the victim records a completely ruptured hymen with blusters around the Vulva, copious offensive yellowish vaginal discharge with no external physical injuries seen.
Upon his arraignment, the accused pleaded guilty to the offence as charged and pleaded for mercy.
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Delivering his sentence, Justice Komba Kamanda said that the sentence was in view of the fact that the accused didn’t waste the court’s time neither did he subject the victim to more agony of giving evidence.