In Saclepea, Nimba County, police are investigating a 29-year-old man, identified as Melvin Saye Moses, for the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl.
The rape incident, according to reports, occurred in Karyee Town, Yarwin Mensonnoh Statutory District, Nimba County. The rape victim suffered from epilepsy. According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is a chronic, non-communicable disease of the brain characterized by recurrent seizures.
Seizures occur during brief episodes of involuntary movements that may involve part of the body (partial) or the whole body (generalized) and are sometimes accompanied by loss of consciousness and loss of control of bowel or bladder function. Epilepsy affects approximately 50 million people worldwide.
Police sources told the Daily Observer on condition of anonymity that on September 15, around 7 p.m., they were alerted to the incident, and immediately a team was dispatched. The suspect was arrested and brought to Saclepea for investigation by the Women and Children Protection Section.
Police investigation revealed the attacker took advantage of the girl’s epileptic condition and raped her in the bush behind her family home in Karyee after her grandfather went to the farm .
Police cited the grandfather, Joseph Langar, who said the rape victim’s biological father was currently in the southeastern part of Liberia at a gold mine.
Explaining to police, he said: “My granddaughter doesn’t know anything about the ‘men’s business’. Her mother is no more and her father, who works, is not there either and, because of her state of health, she was brought to me for treatment.
“Due to the health problem, we decided to keep her in town to prevent her hazard or risk. Amazingly, this man forced her to go to the bush and had sex with her after I went to the farm for food.
The grandfather further explained that his granddaughter’s screams and cries caught the attention of neighbors, leaving them to go to her rescue.
However, after the police’s preliminary investigation, the suspect admitted the crime but said it was a deal between him and the girl, to give her a snail in return but, surprisingly, she started shouting and calling the crowd on him.
Meanwhile, the victim is reportedly undergoing medical treatment at the Saclepea Comprehensive Health Center while the author remains in police custody awaiting trial.