By Alieu Kondoh
Justice Ansumana Ivan Sesay has sentenced one Mohamed Deen to Twelve-years imprisonment for sexually penetrating a 13-year-old girl.
The particulars of offence stated that between June to August 2017, the accused Mohamed Deen was involved in an act of sexual intercourse with an underage girl in Freetown for which he was charged with one count of sexual penetration of a child contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
Three witnesses were called by the Prosecution led by Jesse Tucker, the witnesses were the victim, the investigating officer and the medical doctor.
Justice Sesay said that the prosecution must prove its case beyond reasonable doubt with key elements, that the victim is under age, that the accused must have the intention to commit the act, and the act must have been committed by the accused amongst other.
Reading the testimony of the 13 years old victim, the judge said on the date in question the victim went to visit the accused, when she was told by him to undress, which she did, and the accused also undressed.
He said victim in her testimony maintained that after the accused sexually penetrated her, they have had sex multiple times, referring to the accused as her boyfriend.
According to the medical doctor from Dr Olabisi Claudius Cole from Rainbow Centre, the victim was completely ruptured, with whitish substance.
Justice Sesay established that the Prosecution has proven it case beyond reasonable doubt and therefore found the accused guilty of the offense charged.
Before he was sentenced, his lawyer from Legal Aid Board, Cecilia Tucker pleaded with the judge to tamper justice with mercy on the convict, describing him as a family man with two children and a wife.
Justice Sesay read that having considered both counsels’ pleas and taking the age of the victim into consideration, the convict is sentenced to 12 years imprisonment at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre in Freetown.