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5 year old girl testifies in rape case

5 year old girl testifies in rape case

A 5 year old girl over the weekend told Magistrate Johannes Wellington of Court 2 that on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th April, at Spur Loop Freetown, she was called upon by Pastor Emmanuel Kelly (the accused) in his room and was subjected to indecent and sexual assault.

“He puts his penis inside my vagina,” she said “No sooner he has done that to me, my stomach started aching and I noticed some coming out of my private part.”

“My mother who always bathes me later observed that somebody has tampered with me.”

The mother in her testimony said at approximately 8:00 pm she took her daughter to the bathroom to clean her up but was shocked to observe that each time she attempted the child was holding her private part and would resist as if feeling serious pain.

She told the court that it was then she discovered that her daughter had been tampered with by someone else.

“I asked her to tell me who did such an act to her but she refused to tell me,” she said. “It was when I threatened kill her that she confessed to me it was Pastor Emmanuel Kelly that did it to her.”

“My husband and I took the child to Lumley Police Station where the complaint was recorded. We were referred to the Cottage Hospital for medical attention which we did.”

Emmanuel Kelly (the accused) who made his second appearance before Magistrate Wellington was charged with abuse of young girl contrary to section 6, indecent assault contrary to section 9 and cruelty to child contrary to section 4(1) of the Prevention and Cruelty to Children’s Act cap of the Laws of Sierra Leone.

The accused was remanded in custody and matter adjourned to September 3rd.

By Ibrahim Sahid Kamara

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  • The only way to deal with the rape issue in our country is to set a very good example for others to see. Sentence with hard labor.
    It is sad to see children as young as 4 years or five years been rape. Where are we heading to.The court must issue hard punishment on these criminals.
    If any other body do that to my 5 or six years old, you are a death man.

    22nd May 2012

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