By Jane B. Mansaray…………………….
Justice Monfred Momoh Sesay over the week sentenced an accused to ten years in prison to be served at the Pademba Road Male Correctional in Freetown.
The convict, Saidu Sesay stood trial at the High Court on one count indictment of sexual penetration of a girl child that is below the age of consent contrary to Section 19 of the sexual offences Act No. 12 of 2012.
The particulars of offence alleged that the accused on the 18th of August, 2015 in Freetown engaged in an act of sexual penetration with a child that is under the age of eighteen to wit eleven years.
The accused after being committed to the High Court for trial on a Preliminary Investigation conducted at the Magistrate Court in Freetown made his first appearance before the High Court on the 12th July 2016 on the same count indictment.
The convict who pleaded not guilty to the indictment was prosecuted by five witnesses including formal and factual.
The prosecution also tendered eight exhibits namely the voluntary cautioned statement of the accused and the police medical request form.
In her testimony in court, the first prosecution witness who happens to be the victim in the matter told the court that she recognized and knows the accused and that they stayed at the same address in Freetown.
The class four pupil stated that she stays with her mother and uncle at the same address together with the convict.
She said she recalled on the above mentioned date in the afternoon hours when she was sent to throw refuse at a dumping site together with a friend.
On their way home, the victim said the accused called her but refused to go to him, and later the accused had course to chase her and caught her.
She went on to state that the convict forcefully took her into a nearby bush and removed her pants and his own pants and pushed her to the ground and put his head over her mouth and inserted his finger into her private part, lay on top of her and inserted his penis into her private part.
The witness continued that immediately the accused got up from her, she then saw blood oozing out from her private part. At her arrival home, the witness said her mother asked of her abnormal walking pattern that led her to explain to her mother.
The second prosecution witness, Dr. Matilda King told the court that she recalled on the 18th August 2015 she was on duty at the rainbow centre when she had cause to examine the eleven year old girl.
During the virginal examination, the witness said she found out that the victim hymen was completely ruptured but did not see any injuries on the rest of her body.
In his ruling, Justice Monfred Sesay said that he was satisfied that the prosecution had led sufficient evidence to prove their case against the accused person.
He therefore found the accused guilty based on the evidence adduced against him.