Friday, September 25, 2009

Man in court for raping 14-year old girl

Friday, September 25, 2009
One Sulayman Camara, was yesterday, arraigned before the special criminal court presided over by Justice Moses Richards for allegedly raping a girl of 14 years in Sibanor on the 1st of May 2008 in Sibanor village in the Fonis, Western Region.

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.

Thursday, September 24, 2009
One Nfamara Saidykhan was yesterday arraigned before Justice Moses Richards of the Special Criminal Court for allegedly raping a 14-year old girl at Sankwia village in Jarra West District of the Lower River Region on January 12, 2009.

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.

Hearing continues.

source: daily observer


  1. my opinion on the first case: she would have been better of in school at the time of the incidence than selling mangoes on the streets. this little girls are always abuse on the streets in the name of selling stuffs for their parents...

    such legal issues should not be delay in anyway

  2. This man has violated this young girl & should therefore , have a harsh sentence . She has been scarred not only physically but mentally to . Moreover , whether or not she was selling mangoes or just walking the street she should feel safe. The issue about her not attending school is another matter ?

  3. I support your option but can the parent afford to sent her to school in the first place?. This is the consideration we have to think about, yes she is a teenager who should be in school but can her parents afford financially to sent her to school.
    My name is Ebrima i am a Gambian living in UK
    You are doing a very good job.


Violence against women is a worldwide yet still hidden problem. Freedom from the threat of harassment, battering, and sexual assault is a concept that most of us have a hard time imagining because violence is such a deep part of our cultures and lives.