Police in Monrovia have reportedly taken statement from a 13- year-old girl, who has narrated how she has since December 2014, allegedly been in sexual relationship with a 50-year-old suspect, defendant Eddie Freeman.
A police charge sheet that accompanied defendant Freeman to court at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill Wednesday, July 15 details the victim and her alleged sexual partner have been “having sex in the market building” located in Old Road, Joe Bar.
But police say the defendant has countered the victim’s testimony, claiming that the 13 years old was only his friend and they are not lovers.
However, police say defendant Freeman admitted buying some clothes and shoes for his daughter Marie Freeman in 2013 and later giving them to the alleged rape victim in question because those items, including blouse, skirt and shoes could not fit his daughter Marie for whom he had originally bought them.
Contrary to defendant Freeman’s account, the rape victim’s mother KorpoZayzay, insisted that on Thursday, July 9 this year at the Zone Three Police Base, Old Road that since December 2014, her 13-year-old daughter has been sexually abused or raped by the defendant.
She alleged that it claimed her attention when she checked and saw L$350.00 in the minor’s school bag on July 9 while she was on her way to school.
When the case was taken to the police, the victim allegedly narrated in the presence of her mother that she and defendant Freeman have been having sex since December 2014 in the market building at Old Road, Joe Bar.
But she told police that she “cannot remember” defendant Freeman gave her L$350.00, though investigators say they have said amount in their possession, including one blouse, a foot wear, and skirt.
As to the sex claims, the victim alleged that while she and her mother Korpo were going home on July 8th, defendant Freeman allegedly called her and carried her in the market building and had sex with her on the “market table.”
Meanwhile, the defendant has denied giving the victim money or having sex with her, but said she was his friend and that he only gave her clothes and shoes.
Defendant Freeman has been charged with statutory rape and sent to court, pending trial.
Rape has become prevalent in Liberia with some of the victims as young as six to nine months.
A new rape law enacted in 2010 makes the crime non-bailable and punishable by life sentence. By Winston W. Parley – Editing by Jonathan Browne