9 May 2016

Liberia: Man, 20, Rapes Girl 14 in Jallah Town

A 20 year-old man has been charged with multiple criminal offences including rape which he committed against a 14 year-old minor in the Jallah Town community.
It was alleged that Defendant Nelson S. Binda, Jr. used a knife to threat his victim, Meme Flomo (pseudonym), and took her to his room where he sexually abused her for about three days (April 24-26, 2016).

During investigation, the defendant denied the allegation and claimed that he had only offered the girl sanctuary because she knocked on his door at about 11:00pm on April 24, 2016 even though the complaint claimed the defendant kidnapped her. “I came from Tribeno Entertainment Center at about 11:00pm and met Meme Flomo sitting on a cut tree in my yard. I asked her what was she doing there and she said to me that she came to visit her boyfriend Marcus,” Defendant Binda told police investigators.

The defendant narrated that the complainant left her seated on the cut tree stump and went into his room. According to him, when he returned outside he saw victim Flomo still sitting on the same cut tree. “It was when I asked her where you came from and she answered that she lives Redlight. I thought she was crazy or she came to steal but later I got to know she was not crazy, so I left her and went into my room again,” Defendant Binda further explained.

The defendant told the police investigators that after sometime, Victim Flomo came knocking on his door so he opened it and allowed her slept in his room.  “My Friend Christopher and I slept on the floor mat and Meme slept on the mattress. The next morning, I went and purchased tea and bread for the victim to eat and decided to go to work. So I showed her a place to put the key that when I return from work I will open the door,” he said.

Defendant Binda was reported to the Liberia National Police (LNP) Women and Children Protection Section (WCPS) by the guardian of Meme Flomo, Kebbeh Korvah, who learned that the defendant was in the habit of keeping people’s children in his room and raping them.  According to the detail of the complaint against Defendant Binda, Complainant Korvah on April 26, 2016 took a police officer to the Defendant’s room where victim Meme Flomo was found with a tower wrapped around her.

During investigation with Victim Meme Flomo, she informed the police investigation that while she was sitting under the New Jerusalem School in Jallah Town Community, Defendant Binda came with a knife in his hand and held her mouth. “He threaten me that he will ‘juke’ me with the knife and thrown my body in the water if I scream. He carried me to his room where he forced me to take off my cloth and he raped me” the victim said.

She narrated that when he was finished, blood was leaking out of her private part and got on her panties and her cloth. “He took the clothes with the blood to go and wash them,” Victim Flomo said.
Medical report from the Star of the Sea Hospital revealed that the victim had laceration in the hymen which was an indication that a penis has penetrated it.

The LNP following visitation to the alleged crime scene found that both the defendant and the victim live in the same community and concluded that the defendant committed the crimes of rape, felonious restraint and interference of child custody. The defendant was then committed to the Monrovia Central Prison where he awaits trial for his alleged action which violates section 14:70 (q) (i) of the 2005 rape law of Liberia, 14.51 and 14.53 of the 2005 rape law of Liberia.

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