– five months later, police now seek to charge him
A search has been launched by ranks of the Berbice police division to find a 42-year-old man who allegedly raped a young female relative but was granted station bail of $5, 000 and cannot now be found for charges to be laid against him.The man, a cane harvester of a Lower Corentyne village, was arrested on May 3 after an allegation that he had raped the 12-year-old relative on May 1.
According to a source, the man reportedly locked the girl in a room and forced himself on her.
The pre-teen was allegedly left in care of the man, while her mother was out working.
The girl reported the incident and the police were informed. A medical examination was ordered and it confirmed that the young girl had been raped.
The man went into hiding and was arrested and detained on May 3, while the file was sent to the DPP for advice.
After the 72-hour detention period had elapsed, the man was released on $5,000 station bail.
According to a source, the file from the DPP came back only this past week and a charge of rape was recommended.
The man was asked to appear at the Whim Magistrates’ Court on Thursday October 6, 2016 to answer the charges. However, he did not show up and an arrest warrant was issued.
‘B’ Division police have confirmed that ranks visited the home of the alleged rapist but he was nowhere to be found.
However, they have some leads to follow on his whereabouts. The matter is set to now be heard on the 20th November, 2016.