The New Times (Kigali)

27 February 2013

Rwanda: Man Arrested Over Defiling Four-Year-Old

Police in Kirehe District are holding a 43-year-old man for allegedly defiling a four-year-old girl.

The girl, who was staying with her aunt, a neighbour of the suspect, was allegedly defiled on Monday.

It is alleged the suspect, a resident of Ruhanga cell, Kigina sector, lured the girl as her aunt was inside the house, and took her to the nearby bush.

The victim's aunt said she heard her niece screaming and came to her rescue, but found the suspect had fled.

Speaking from Kirehe Police Station where he is currently detained, the suspect confessed to the crime.

Drug abuse cited

The District Police Commander, Superintendent Johnson Sesonga, condemned the inhuman act and attributed it to drug abuse.

"I am requesting parents to offer protection to their children and ensure that they are not exposed to strangers. Parents are also to blame, partly, for such cases; they should not go to bars or market places leaving their children with no protection," said Supt. Sesonga.

"Usually such people have mental issues or are always under the influence of drugs. There is no way a normal person can commit such a crime. The community should also help us to identify such people who live with us," he added.

Police appealed to community to share timely information on such characters so that it can break the chain of illicit drugs, which authorities blame for crimes such as defilement, rape and assault.

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