Rapist Escapes Detention

By: B. Davies



Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted August 29, 2006


Despite the stringent-measures taken by the Liberian Government against rapists, reports from Duport Road say an 11-year-old girl name withheld was recent raped by a 35-year-old Nigerian national named Joseph Nuraku.

According to the residents in the area, the suspect reportedly escaped while in the hands of the bailiff of Paynesville Magisterial Court.

Narrating her daughter’s ordeal to The FORUM reporter, Ms. Zinab Gibson said, the victim was lured into the accused room with the pretext of sending her to buy bread for him. She said the little girl and her elder sister entered in the accused room but sent the elder sister Massah with L$20 to buy another bread.

In the interim, the aggrieved mother said, Joseph Nuraku undressed the victim and forcefully raped her as she helplessly screamed for rescue.

According to the little girl, there were other four Nigerians who left the room as soon as they (girls) entered.
The girl who was in tears, said she informed her grandmother who later narrated the unfortunate incident to the girl’s mother.

The furious-looking parents said when Joseph was approached on the issue, he admitted and pleaded for mercy but the parents refused and called in the police from Zone #5 who subsequently arrested and detained him until Wednesday, August 23.

According to them, the man was transferred to the Paynesville Magisterial Court for prosecution.
For his part, Judge Joseph Doe said after the accused first appearance, a commitment was made for the alleged rapist to be transferred to South Beach Prison Compound with the aide of Bailiff Henry Doekakeh.
Accordingly, it was within that time the suspect mysteriously escaped though he was hand-cuffed together with another suspect.

The mother of the girl also alleged that while they were leaving the Paynesville Town Hall, some Nigerians who earlier accompanied the accused were overheard demanding from the security officers the sum of US$380 which they claimed to have bribed them for their brother’s release but was still at large.

When contacted, both the police commander at Zone 3 and Magistrate Doe denied receiving any money.

Meanwhile, suspect Nuraku is said to be still at large but a close friend of his, Nycienk C. Obiora, has been picked up by police for obstructing government’s function when officers of Zone 3 went to effect a re-arrest warrant for accused Joseph Nuraku.

Medical report has revealed that the little girl sustained laceration, abrasion and bruises on her private part.

In another development, an 11-year-old girl named also withheld of Old Road, was allegedly raped by a 21-year-old man named Edwin Kweya on July 27th at the Sophie’s Ice Cream Community in Sinkor.

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