A man from Sutukoba Village in Wuli, name withheld, is being held by police for allegedly having sex with his six-year-old niece, police sources confirmed to The Standard yesterday.
According to sources close to the family, the mother of the child, name withheld, reported the shocking incident to the police after her daughter who complained of pain around her confided in her. “The little girl told the mother her uncle forced himself on her and did something to her from which she got the pain. As soon as the mother heard the girl’s story, she rushed to the police in Sare Ngai who promptly arrested the suspect before handing over the case to Basse,” our source said.
Our source added that a medical examination was conducted on the girl at Bajakunda Health Centre which did not conclude any tangible findings but as the girl continued to complain, police in Basse referred the matter to a superior health facility in Basse where it was discovered that penetration occurred but through the anus where bruises and other evidences were discovered.
Last night, the police spokesman, Inspector Foday Conta, confirmed to The Standard that the man was being held as the main suspect but there are now reports that he could be mentally retarded.
“So the investigations are also factoring this and he will be examined by experts to ascertain his sanity,” Inspector Conta said. Meanwhile the Inspector General of Police advised parents and guardians to take greater interest in the movement and safety of their children or wards at all times and for the public to report any suspicious behaviour around their environs or village.