Suspect in rape of 12-year-old turns self in

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The suspect in the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl from Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has reportedly turned himself over to Police after eluding lawmen for over a week.

This publication understands that the suspect, a taxi driver who also hails from the mining community, turned himself in on Tuesday and has since been granted station bail to the sum of $100,000.

A file in relation to the matter has reportedly been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) which is expected to return on Monday.

The suspect is likely to be charged in relation to the offence next week. Police in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) began the hunt for the suspect in relation to the alleged rape of the 12-year-old female, which took place on the evening of Saturday, August 12.

Reports are the girl who reportedly attended an event with three of her friends, caught a taxi referred to as ‘$100 car’ or ‘short drop car’ at Co-op Crescent, Mackenzie around 22:00h in an effort to get to her home at Amelia’s Ward, Linden.

However, upon reaching the destination, the taxi driver reportedly passed the stops where the child and her friends were expected to get out.

The three friends who were seated in the back seat reportedly forced their way out of the car, leaving the victim who was seated in the front seat and who was wearing her seat belt inside.

The victim was reportedly taken to a ‘back road’ area at Lower Kara Kara by the taxi driver where she was forced out of the vehicle and sexually assaulted. The suspect reportedly then dropped the victim off at the Kara Kara Bridge, where she was left to walk home.

The family of the victim, who were said to be looking for her – after the friends she shared the taxi with alerted them as to what transpired – then took her to the Police Station, thence to the Linden Hospital for medical examination.

The results of the medical examination proved that the victim was sexually assaulted. (Utamu Belle)

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