LIBERIA: Police Forward Man, 21, To Court For Alleged Rape Of Girl, 14, In Grand Gedeh

Flash Back: Man in handcuff on his way to prison

ZWEDRU, June 17 (LINA) – The Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberia National Police has sent  a 21 year-old man identified as Abdulaye Barry to the Zwedru City Magisterial Court for allegedly raping a 14 year-old girl in Grand Gedeh County.

According to the Police charge sheet, the incident occurred on Wednesday, June 3, in the Kpasuah Hill Community in Zwedru, the capital of Grand Gedeh County.

According to the charge sheet, a lady identified as Josephine Chea of Webo Quarter reported to the Police on Wednesday, June 3, that her 14 year-old niece, name withheld, was sexually abused by Abudulaye Barry, a Guinean national resident in Kpasuah Hill Community.

Predicated upon her complaint, the police ordered the victim to be taken to the Martha Tubman Hospital for examination and treatment.

When the victim was called for preliminary investigation, she told the Police that on June 3, 2020 at 08:00hrs while she was selling rice bread she came across the accused, Abudulaye Barry who asked to buy some of the bread.

According to her, accused Barry told her that his money was at his house, and took the girl  on a motorbike to his house in the Kpasuah Hill Community.

Upon arriving at the house, according to the victim, she dropped the bread bucket before his room. He then held her by the hand and took her into his room, forced her pants into her private part and sexually abused her.

The victim also told the investigators that Barry threatened to kill her if she told anyone what had transpired.

Upon hearing the story, the police arrested the alleged perpetrator, and after preliminary investigation charged him with the crime Statutory Rape.

The act of Barry was termed as criminal, intentional and illegal and a contravention of Chapter 14.70 of the New Penal Law of the Republic of Liberia.

He was immediately incarcerated at the Palace of Corrections in Zwedru by the Court awaiting trial.

Meanwhile, when the LINA Correspondent went to the court on Monday, Stipendiary Magistrate Paul Johnson acknowledged receipt of the case, and said he has forwarded it to the 7th Judicial Circuit Court for adjudication.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.