Girl, 13, ‘Raped’ in Gbarpolu County

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By S. Micah Yeahwon

Police in Bele Kpellamu, Bokomu District in Gbarpolu County, western Liberia, have arrested a Sierra Leonean national for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl a fortnight ago. According to the report, suspect Omaru Gate, alias “Sackie” is a diamond miner and a houseboy to the parent of the victim.

According to investigations, the victim usually went to sell her parents’ food at a mining creek where Sackie used to work. But on the fateful day, suspect Sackie reportedly arranged with her to take his share of the food to a makeshift shack where he lived.

“It happened that the girl knows Sackie as her parents’ ward; she harbored no fear of him and agreed to take his food to him. But in the end, the suspect took advantage of her. He pounced on her and sexually assaulted her,” a source informed the Daily Observer.

After the incident, Sackie reportedly pleaded with the victim not to tell the story to anyone, not even her mother. But it was not too long before the victim came down with “severe fever.” Later, through her mother’s intervention, she explained what Sackie allegedly did to her.

The mother then alerted the town chief who, in turn, called the attention of officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned in the area.

The LNP, according to information, arrested the suspect and transferred him and the girl to Bopolu City, the county’s political capital, where he is expected to stand trial.

In Bopolu, an aid agency working with girls on gender-based violence admitted the victim to the Jallah Lone Medical Hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

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