The prosecution led by Principal State Counsel S.H. Barkun called on the victim who testified that on the day of the incident, she was sent by her ageing mother to go and sell some cooked mangoes, and when she arrived at the market, she was accosted by the accused who asked her to go with him to his compound that he was going to buy some mangoes from her.
The victim said when she arrived at the accused person’s compound, she was asked into his house and as she got in, the accused pushed and knocked her down on his bed, put clothes on her mouth, stripped her naked and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.The mother of the victim, in her testimony said on the day of the incident she sent her daughter to go and sell mangoes. Upon her return she noticed some blood stains on her clothes and threatened to beat her if she did not tell her what happened to her.
The witness said her daughter then narrated her ordeal with the accused. The matter was later reported to the Alkalo of the village who referred her to the police. When asked by Justice Richards if she knows the accused very well, the witness replied in the affirmative, saying the accused is a sex maniac and had once requested her daughter for marriage when her daughter was a toddler but she had refused. The witness said her daughter was a virgin until the time the accused had carnal knowledge of her.
The prosecution, led by the principal state counsel, S.H Barkum, opened its case when it called on Corporal 581 Jereba Banda of the Mansakonko Police Station to testify. The corporal revealed that on the day of the alleged incident, the victim and her adopted father, Ebrima Samateh, came to the station and reported the alleged incident.
The witness said the victim was taken to the Soma Health Centre, where she was examined by a medical officer.The witness further said he saw blood stains on the victim’s private part sand the medical report, according to him, indicated that there was penetration.
The witness also said the accused was later cautioned and charged. He added that here corded the accused person’s cautionary and voluntary statements.
The medical report as well as the cautionary and voluntary statements of the accused person were tendered, admitted and marked as exhibits.
source: daily observer