Sexual penetration: Longer jail terms for 7 convicts
Seven (7) accused persons standing trial at the Sexual Offences Model Court (SOMC) for sexual penetration and its related offences have been imprisoned after conviction to serve various numbers of years at the Correctional Center.
Since its establishment on Friday July 24, 2020, the Court has for the first time convicted seven accused persons in just three days.
On Thursday December 3, 2020, Justice Manuella Harding J, convicted Brima Koroma to serve an imprisonment term of fifteen (15) years at the correctional center for sexually penetrating a fourteen-year-old pupil at Ogoo Farm in the west of Freetown. Also, on Friday, December 4, 2020, Justice Harding also sentenced Tamba Foday for penetrating a child under the age of eighteen years.
In a similar development, Justice Komba Kamanda sentenced Augustine Bangura; Abdul Bangura and Mohamed Pessima to ten years imprisonment each for sexually penetrating children below eighteen years of age.
On Monday December 7, Justice Alhaji Momo-Jah Stevens also sentenced 24-year old Amadu Bah of 4 Bass Street in Freetown to ten years imprisonment and 36-year old Arnold Samuel Beckley, a petty trader to fifteen years imprisonment.
Before delivering his judgment, Justice Stevens gave stern warning to sexual offenders, stressing that: “This is a warning to those who are still engaged in committing sexual offences. We would continue to make crimes of this nature very costly and expensive.”
He warned that those who are in the habit of destroying the integrity and dignity of women and children will be prosecuted and dealt with as provided for in the Sexual Offences amendment Act of 2019, Act No. 8 of 2019.
According to the medical reports at the time of examination, there were no physical injuries seen. The genital findings also revealed that the hymen of both victims were completed ruptured but the anal findings showed that the victims were normal.