By Janet A. Sesay
Forty cases have been set for trial at the High Court. Among them are sexual penetration, which is the highest, followed by wounding with intent, murder, robbery with aggravation and burglary, among others. This criminal session was presided over by Justice Reginald Fynn.
During the call over session, Mohammed Jalloh was arraigned before the judge on a count of sexual penetration of a child, which is contrary to section 19 of the Sexual Offense Act of 2012.
The indictment indicates that the accused, on 7th December 2019 at Waterloo, engaged in an act of sexual penetration with a child. After the charges were read to the accused he pleaded not guilty of the offense.
The State prosecutor, A.J.M. Bockarie, sought for a date on the grounds that he will have to prepare his witnesses to testify on the next adjourned date. Defense Counsel, Cecilia Tucker, made an application for bail on behalf of the accused.
Justice Regina Fynn granted the accused 250 million Leones bail and three sureties in like sum. Each of these sureties should be 60 years old and must be property owners.
Justice Reginald Fynn assigned the matter to Justice Simeon Allieu of the High Court and adjourned the matter to 3rd February 2021.