22 years old Arabic Teacher, Alie Mansaray, who resides at the Hastings, has been sentenced to ten years imprisonment by Justice Momoh Jah-Stevens, after he was found guilty of sexually penetrating a minor.
State Prosecutor, M.P Sesay, had alleged that the convict on the 13th March 2020, sexually penetrated a girl under the age of eighteen to wit fourteen old at Hastings in Freetown.
Concord Times reports that the convict was in court on one count charge of sexual penetration contrary to section 19 of sexual Offences Act of 2012, as repealed and replaced by section four of the Sexual Offence (amendment)Act2019 Act No. Of 2019.
While ruling on the matter, Justice Stevens said the convict had pleaded not guilty to the offence as charged, adding that the prosecution had applied that the convict be tried by judge alone.
He added that the court granted the said application and that the prosecution lead four witnesses against the convict, including the mother of the victim.
Justice Stevens stated that there was a clear case of corroboration that the allegation made against the convict was true.
He said after the prosecution closed its case, the convict was asked as to how he might want to testify and that he chose to rely on the statement he made to the police.
Justice Stevens said the victim in her testimony in court said the convict asked her to undress and subsequently inserted his penis into her vagina.
He said the victim had told the court that the convict threatened to read the holy Quran for her to go mad, if she explains their encounter to anybody.
He added that the convict’s statement to the police was a complete denial; he only advised the victim not to destroy the tap from which he used to fetch water but the victim told him that he will put him into trouble, if he continues to chase her,
“I submit that the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt. The accused is therefore guilty of Sexual Penetration. He is therefore sentenced to ten years imprisonment” He ruled. The convict was represented by C. Taylor Younge from the Legal Aid Board.