CARL release key findings on the bail regulation of 2018

The Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law (CARL), on Friday, 4th October 2019, at the Sierra Lighthouse at Aberdeen in Freetown released a report on the status of the bail regulation of 2018. Since April 2019, CARL, and its implementing partners have monitored 2,105 court cases across the fourteen (14) districts involving 1,983 male, (94.2%), and 122 (5.8%) female accused persons. The report further stated that, the total number of charges/counts preferred were 2,309 with Western Area recording 818 (35.4%) offences, Kenema 457 (19.8%) offences, Bo 230 (10.0%) offences, and Port Loko 140 (6.1%) offences. The report further revealed that out of the 2,309 monitored offences, Larceny accounted for 543 (19.7%); sexual penetration 299 (11.6%), along with 333 cases of sexually related offences, which are the third most prevalent offences. The prevalence rate of offences relating to conspiracy was also very high and accounts for 193, (9.0%) of the total cases monitored. Wounding is also prevalent, and the data on the report showed that it accounts for 137 (5.3%). Another most prevalent offence is fraudulent conversion and the data showed that 87 of such cases were monitored, representing 3.9%. a host of offences not specified in the monitoring tool, recorded as “others”, amounted to 313 of the total number of cases, representing 14.2%.

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