Wednesday, July 02, 2008
A sixteen-year old girl (name withheld), who was said to have been allegedly impregnated by her 35-year old teacher, identified as one Muhammad, at Kombo Kerewan Upper Basic School, Kombo North, has stated that she was not forced by her teacher to have carnal knowledge of her.
The young girl made this startling revelation, on Monday, before Senior Magistrate EF M'Bai of the Brikama Magistrates Court.
According to her, the first day she entered the accused person's house, she herself followed him into his bedroom to have "intercourse" with him. She further told the court that the day she went to the accused person's house, she had just come from Banjulinding Health Centre, where she went to get medicine for her eyes, which were hurting. She said on the way, she met the accused who stopped her and asked what the matter was.
Continuing her narration, she said she told the accused that her eyes were paining her and she had gone to find medicine, but had been unsuccessful. She further went on that the accused then bought some paracetamol tablets for her and later asked her to go with him to one of his friend's house.
She asserted that while they were in the house, the accused person was fingering a computer and she also had interest in the computer, which led her to go and sit beside the accused person.
According to her, some minutes later, the accused person went into the bedroom and she followed suit.
"That was the first day I had intercourse with the accused," the young girl confessed to the court.
A week later, the young girl continued, there was a sporting activity at the school and when the accused person met her, he asked her to go with him to his house, since she (the girl) was lonely. She added that in March this year, while she was at school, she started vomiting and when the accused asked her what was the matter, she told him that she was sick. According to her, the accused then took her to the health centre, where the result of the check indicated that she was pregnant.
"I did not want to reveal this to my aunt at first, but a neighbour told her later on," she concluded.
The accused has admitted having intercourse with the young girl, but continues to maintain that this was in February, when the girl had already turned 16 (the legal age of consent). The case is now adjourned to July 7, for continuation of the proceedings.
Police prosecutor, Sergeant 119 Camara represented the IGP in the case.
Author: by Amadou Jallow