By Jane B. Mansaray……………………………..
Justice Alhaji Momoh Jah Stevens of the Ross Road High Court in Freetown on last Friday sentenced thirty seven year-old Samuel Turay aka Papa to a jail term of seven years for the offence of sexual penetration of a twelve year-old girl child.
The convict was found guilty on an indictment of sexual penetration of a girl child contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
The State prosecutor alleged that the accused on the 11th April 2015 in Freetown engaged in an act of sexual penetration with the victim in the matter.
The convict, pleaded not guilty to the indictment and three witnesses including the victim testified during the trial.
In her evidence in court, the first prosecution witness who happens to be the victim in the matter and a school pupil in Freetown said she recognized the accused and recalled on the 11th April 2015. The witness said on that day she went to fetch water at a riverside at New England Ville when she came across the convict.
She further alleged that the accused and an unidentified man grabbed her and forcefully took her to a room where the accused was residing, and in the process the accused person undressed her whilst the other unknown man held her and the accused penetrated through the victim.
After the accused had released her, the victim said she was threatened by the convict and thereafter she went home and informed her relatives about the conduct of the convict.
The matter was later reported at the New England Ville Police Station where the victim was issued with a police medical request form for treatment at the Rainbow Centre for medical examination.
The endorsed medical report, charge statement and other relevant documents were produced and tendered in court as exhibits.
In his judgment, Justice Stevens said upon a careful perusal of the entirety of the evidence before the court, the existence of corroboration is well in place since the victim was able to give a clear description of the accused room.
The accused was sentenced to the said jail term based on the evidence against him.