Magistrate Santigie Bangura of the Pademba Road Court No.5 has on Thursday February 4, 2016 sent two women to prison on remand at the Female Correctional Centre former Special Court complex in Freetown for allegedly pouring a hot boiled water on the body of one Lawretta Neele.
The two accused women, Jeneba Saccoh aged 22 and Hawanatu Sawaneh 34 years old are confronted with three counts criminal charges bordering on causing grievous bodily harm, wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm all contrary to the offences against the persons Act of 1861.
The prosecution led by woman police Inspector Augusta P. Sesay alleged that the two accused persons on Wednesday 27th January 2016 at No. 6 Cemetery Road, Congo Town west of Freetown had a controversial argument which results to a scuffle between the victim and both accused during which they maliciously plotted and assaulted the complaint by pouring a hot boiled water from a fire on the right back and ear of the victim which caused her a grievious bodily harm.
She further claimed that the actions of the accused persons were deliberately carried out with the sole intention to damage the victim’s skin.
The accused persons were not asked to take a plea to the charges due to the serious nature of the offense which the Magistrate considered as Preliminary Investigation.
After the charges were read to them the defense counsel M. Kenneh Esq. in applying for bail told the court that bail is integral to both accused persons pursuant to section 79 (2) and (3) of the Criminal Procedure Act No. 32 of 1965. He added that they should be granted bail arguing, they have credible and responsible citizens who are willing and ready to stand as sureties for the accused persons if granted bail.
He reiterated that they would not jump bail or interfere with the prosecution witnesses and appealed to the Magistrate to use his discretion to grant his clients bail.
Objecting to the bail application, the police prosecutor appealed to the Magistrate not to grant the accused persons bail due to the gravenor of the offense and also taking into consideration the serious wounds on the body of the victim.
In his ruling the Magistrate upheld the objection made by the prosecution not to grant bail to the two women.
Meanwhile, both women were remanded in custody and have their matter adjourned to the 12th February 2016.