In Minister Alleged Rape Trialwitness Tells Court Rape Victim Had Wound On Her Hand

Fifth prosecution witness Adrian Wright Tuesday (17 February) told the High Court in Freetown that the alleged rape victim in the trial involving former deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology II, Mamoud Tarawally, had wounds on her hand and mouth when he met her at her boyfriend’s residence.

Wright said the alleged rape victim was dating his friend and recalled that he encountered her crying on September 9, 2013, as he was about to park his vehicle.

“I climbed down my vehicle, I went to where she was sitting and asked what was wrong with her, but she did not respond at that time. Later I consoled her but I noticed that there were some wounds on her hand and mouth,” the witness told the court presided over by Justice Abdulai Charm.

He said the alleged rape victim later narrated her ordeal to him and he called her ex-boyfriend to inform him about the incident.

He said the police at New England Ville obtained statement from him on September 10.

While being cross-examined by defence counsel Sulaiman Kabba Koroma, the witness disclosed that he and the alleged rape victim shared an apartment although they occupied different rooms.

He revealed that even before they went to the New England Ville police station the victim had granted an interview to a journalist by the name of Ahmed Sahid Nasralla, a.k.a. De Monk, who at the time worked for AYV Radio.

The accused was arraigned on four counts of rape, wounding with intent, wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

According to the prosecution, the former deputy minister had intercourse with the victim without her consent at a private residence on Hennesy Street, Kingtom, west of Freetown, on September 9, 2013.

He denies the charges although he agrees they had consensual sex.

The matter continues.

Source : Concord Times

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