Law enforcement officials in Berbice are investigating reports that an eight-year-old girl was raped by a 49-year-old man, last Friday, on her way home from school.
A source close to the investigation has confirmed to INews that the suspect has been detained and is assisting with the investigation.
The source related that though the incident allegedly occurred on Friday, 30th September, 2016, the matter was only reported to the Police yesterday.
Based on reports received, on the day in question, the child and her brother were returning home from school when the 49-year-old suspect invited them into his home, at approximately 12:30hrs.
INews was made to understand that this was a frequent occurrence, and on many occasions the suspect would offer food and money to the two children.
However, on this specific day, the suspect allegedly told the girl’s brother to remain outside, while he took her into his home. After waiting for some time, the brother became impatient and decided to go into the house. It was then that he saw the 49-year-old man on top of his sister.
The boy immediately ran home and informed his mother of what he had witnessed.
Shortly after, the girl was taken to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where she was examined.
The medical certificate was subsequently handed over to the police.
Investigations are continuing.