15yrs Old Victim of Sexual Penetration Testifies in Court
SIERRA LEONE, Freetown: On Thursday 2nd December 2021, a victim of sexual penetration testified before Justice Manuela Harding at High Court No 7. against the accused, David Kamara alias Mandela. Testifying in court, the victim said that she knows the accused and can recall what happened on the exact date of the incident, and that the accused is a close neighbour. Sometime in May, he asked me to go over to his place for extra class. I refused and told him to take the extra class with me at my own place but he refused and told me that he did not want to leave his place open. I finally agreed to take the class over at his place, the victim said. Being at the apartment of the accused for some time on that day, he called me into his room when no one’s attention was on us. As I entered the room, he pushed me on the bed, undressed me, removed his own pants, and sexually penetrated me. I begged him to stop because I was in pains but my pleading fell on deaf ears, the victim continued. After having sex with me, he put on his clothes and told me to do the same which I did. He gave me water to drink and told me not to disclose what happened between us to anybody. I took my books and went home. When I got home, my sister questioned why the class ended earlier but I ignored and went straight to the bathroom. When I was in the bathroom, I removed my pant and saw blood on it. Immediately, I washed my pant and bathed myself. Getting out from the bathroom, I decided to have a rest. My sister asked why I slept earlier that day. I told her that I had headache, the victim added. After sometime, my father said he was not ok with the way I was walking. It was at this time my father informed other family members and upon an agreement, they decided to take me to the Rainbow Center, the victim continued. On our way to the Rainbow Center, my father asked me if I have started having sex and I told him that it was Mandela who sexually penetrated me. My father took me to the Lumley Police Station to make a report. Coming from the police station, we went to the Rainbow Center to do a checkup. The medical report from the Rainbow Center proved that I have started having sex. We went again to the police station with the medical certificate from Rainbow Center and made a statement for the second time. Leaving the police station, we were accompanied by two police officers who arrested Mandela upon our arrival at home and took photos of the room where the act took place, the victim said.
Lawyer R.S Bangura who is defending the accused told the Judge that he had no question for the victim. Lawyer A.T Rogers and Lawyer R. Wilson are prosecuting for the state.
Justice Manuela Harding adjourned the matter to the 9th of December 2021. PSN/3/12/2021
By Patricia Sia Ngevao(Intern)