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Police charge man, 37, for rape

By Patrick N. Mensah, Maryland County

A 37-year-old rape suspect, David Saeh, has been incarcerated by Police in Harper, Maryland County for allegedly raping a 4-year-old minor in Barrobo, Electoral district#3, Maryland.

The incident occurred on Friday, October 15, 2021, in Big-Jay Town, Barrobo Statutory District.

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Narrating the entire ordeal to the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberia Nation Police, the grandmother of the victim said she had gone to attend a funeral in a nearby village and upon return, community dwellers informed her that her granddaughter was allegedly molested sexually by a suspect.

She continued that the minor had gone to buy something from a shop operated by Suspect David Saeh in Big-Jay Town, Barrobo Statutory District, but due to heavy downpour, she decided to wait when David allegedly called her into his room and sexually abused her.

She disclosed that the victim was quickly taken to a health center where medical records confirmed the girl was sexually tempered with and sustained injury in her private part.

The four years old minor is currently at the J.J. Dosson Referral hospital in Harper, receiving medication.

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Suspect David reportedly escaped after information about the act broke out in the community but was later arrested by community Police and transferred to Headquarters of the Liberia National Police in Harper for investigation.

While at the Police Station in Harper, he admitted to committing the crime but said he was under influence of drugs.

Suspect David spent a night behind bars before the head of the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberia National Police charged him with Statutory Rape and forwarded him to Harper Magisterial Court in Harper City for prosecution.

The court indicated that Suspect David committed statutory rape, which is above the Magisterial Court’s jurisdiction, noting that he will be transferred to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court during the November Term of Court for trial.

The crime is in violation of Section 14.70 of the Revised Rape law of Liberia which states, among others, that a person who has sexual intercourse with another (male or female) has committed rape if; (a) He intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus, mouth, or any other opening of another person (male or female) with his penis without the victim’s consent.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/44-year-old-suspect-jailed-for-statutory-rape/ Editing by Jonathan Browne

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