By: Abraham Kollie ( Margibi County Correspondent)
Police in Kakata Margibi County on Tuesday, September 8,2020 charged and sent to court a 47-year-old disabled man for allegedly raping a 4-year-old girl at his Gbandi Community Residence in the county.
Suspect Fred Johnson was on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, arrested by Police upon a complaint filed against him by the rape survivor’s mother a neighbor to suspect Fred Johnson.
According to the Police charged sheet, a copy of which is in the possession of KMTV, the mother of the survivor told police investigators that a friend only identified as Mercy on Sept. 1, 2020, while cooking at the back of their home, informed her that she was hearing the cry of her daughter from the front porch of their house.
“So when she called me, I went to her and she told me to ask my daughter and when I asked my daughter, she said Pa Jackson sent her to buy cigarettes for him, but while going she forgot about the thing Pa Jackson sent her to buy so she went back to him to carry the money,” she added.
She told Police investigators that the child informed her upon her return with the cash, the suspect allegedly placed his hand in her clothes and inserted his fingers into her vagina.
The defendant, however, denied the allegation levied against him in a statement provided to the police during the preliminary investigation.
The Suspect further told police investigators that on September 1, 2020, during a heavy downpour of rain, the victim allegedly went to him and stepped on his leg which angered him to remove her slippers.
Suspect Johnson stated that “During the process of removing her slippers, she started shouting leave my foot, leave my foot. When Mercy heard her shouting, she went and called the girl’s mother and told her that I put my hand in her daughters’ underclothes.”
According to the Police’s charge sheet, based on medical report and other facts obtained in the case, the Liberian National Police through its Women and Children Protection Section in Kakata, Margibi County, charged suspect Fred Johnson with the crime of rape in accordance with Charter 14.70 of the New Penal Code of Liberia.