Man convicted for sharing sex video of ex-lover

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A 34-year-old man has been convicted for sharing a sex video of his fiancée on social media, and then ordered to pay Le20 million ($2,000) compensation to the victim.

Ahmed Issa Kamara, a Forest Guard, was found guilty on four counts relating to making, possessing and circulating an indecent material (nude video) of his girlfriend Abibatu Princess Samba via a social media application, contrary to provisions of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act of 2019.

Though the accused pleaded not guilty, the learned judge, Justice Alhaji Momoh-Jah Stevens, after examining that the facts of the matter, ruled in favour of the prosecution. He noted that the prosecution was able to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubts. They presented three witnesses and provided proof to show that the mobile phone used to record the sexual activity belonged to the convict.

The judge also noted that this act by the convict was deliberately intended to demean and ridicule the victim to others and to portray her as a prostitute.

According to the particulars of offence, Ahmed Issa Kamara, between 1st March and 2nd April 2020, in the Freetown judicial district, made an indecent material of the 29-year-old Abibatu Samba while having oral sex, and circulated the said video to Abibatu’s former boyfriend overseas and uncle Vandy Sheku Barbay.

The judge said two videos were played in a closed court session: one showing the victim performing oral sex (blow job) with the convict and the other showing Kamara bedding the victim. He said both the accused and the victim had been in a domestic relationship.

“Circulation of sexual video is uncalled for and unacceptable,” said the judge. He then sentenced the convict to five years imprisonment on each count or pay a fine of Le80 million. In addition to that, the judge ordered the convict to pay Le20 million compensation to the victim.

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