30 year old stone miner in Kenema Joseph Karim has been sentenced to 84 months on count one and 60 months on count two and to be run concurrently when he made his last appearance in the high court in Kenema before the presiding high court judge Hon. Justice Abdul Rahman Mansaray. The particulars of the offence states that Joseph Karim on divers dates between the 1st day of January 2018 to the 2nd day of October 2018 at Kenema engaged in an Act of sexual penetration with a child under the age of 18 to wit 14 years. Count two Incest by a man and the particulars state that Joseph Karim on divers dates between the 1st day of January 2018 to the 21st day of October 2018 at Kenema in the Eastern Province of the republic of Sierra Leone engaged in an act of sexual intercourse with a girl which he knew to be his biological daughter. Explaining the fact, the Senior State counsel and customary law officer east Umu Sumaray said the father and his daughter used to break stones in the Kambui Forest Reserve and when ever they are in the forest and the child express that she is hungry, the father will request sex from the girl and after which giver her Le2,000,00 to buy something to eat. He has been committting this act for several times until the girl became pregnant and was then reported to the area chief who then took the matter to the Kenema police division. She said the daughter has since given birth to a baby boy.
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The accused Joseph Karim pleaded guilty to the offence and begged for mercy as he is the bread winner of the family. The defense lawyer Patrick Kamara Esq. from the Legal Aid Board pleaded with the judge to tamper Justice with mercy as the accused did not waste the court time and that his long absent from home means untold suffering on the children.
By: Saffa B. Moriba in Kenema
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