Justice Alhaji Momoh Jah Stevens, an Appeal Court Judge presiding at the High Court in Freetown in the ongoing judicial week, has so far completed twenty-two (22) cases out of eight hundred and two (802) cases assigned to twenty-three (23) judges.
Judicial Week aims to increase access to justice and further decongest correctional centers across the country. During the exercise, accused persons or some convicted persons are given the opportunity to be heard and have their cases reviewed through prolonged adjournments, bail variation, bail application and summary review.
The ongoing third edition of the judicial week targets matters that have been pending before the High Court in which five of such matters are sexual offences.
In Freetown, Justice Jah Stevens have dealt with 22 cases. The file of an accused who died during the course of his trial was discharged. The accused Abdul Bashir Rahim, fifty-seven (57) year old driver, allegedly penetrated an underage girl.
Justice Stevens also sentenced Siaka Conteh to ten years imprisonment for sexually penetrating a sixteen (16) year old girl.
In a similar development, Alusine Mansaray was sentenced to fifteen (15) years imprisonment for sexually penetrating his neighbor’s five year old child.
Saio Stevens who had been in prison for four (4) years during the course of trial, Was acquitted and discharged by the appeal court judge. Also, an accused Osman Koroma was acquitted and discharged because the prosecution did not present a case to warrant the conviction.
Alfred Bangura and Saidu Sesay were sentenced to twenty (20) years imprisonment for conspiracy and rape, offences for which the case was committed to the High Court for further trial on 19th October 2018.
Few others were sentenced to two-and-half-year imprisonment over petty offences ranging from assault, wounding with intent, housebreaking, larceny and robbery.