Sierra Leone: Minor Discharged On Allege Sexual Penetration

Justice Momoh Jah Steven has discharged a minor, Alie Humper Bendu (not his real name) a juvenile, who was alleged to have sexually penetrated a child below the age of eighteen years to wit 14 years.

The juvenile was in court on one count of sexual penetration contrary to Section 19 of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012, as repealed and replaced by Section 4 of the Sexual Offenses (Amendment) Act 2019 Act No. of 2019.

The state prosecutor, M.P. Sesay had alleged that the accused, on 18 February, 2022, in Freetown, Western Area District, sexually penetrated the victim who was below the age of 18 years, to wit 14 years.

When the charge was put to the accused by the court's registrar, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Taylor Younge, from the Legal Aid Board, applied to the court to discharge the accused because there was still not a single evidence against the accused person since the matter was committed to the High Court.

The lawyer told the court that the matter has taken too long and that the state has not produced any witness in the matter.

Justice Momoh Jah Stevens ruled that because the state has failed to proceed with the matter, he had no option but to discharge the matter for wants of prosecution.

He further stated that he will not acquit the accused person; he said whenever the persecution has witnesses against the accused they can bring them to court.

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