State agencies are investigating reports of a 33-year-old minibus conductor, who lured a 13-year-old school girl into an abandoned yard where he reportedly had sexual intercourse with her.
The child’s parents saw the man attempting to escape before they could have arrived at the exact location where the act was being committed.
The West Demerara Secondary School child, who resides at a village on East Bank Essequibo (EBE), also went missing last Friday but was recovered two days later. The child’s mother said that it was just before midnight one day in early January, when she awoke and made a check for the teen and discovered that she was not in her bed.
The woman said that she informed her husband that the child was not in her room and together they proceeded to make checks. They then discovered that the back door to their home was opened. The parents ventured outside in search of the teen, but she was not in the yard. An empty house lot is located in front of the family’s property. Upon closing in on the empty property space, the mother heard what sounded as if someone had run to the front of the property.
When the parents got to the front of the house, the sound quickly shifted again, this time to the back of the property. Again they dashed to the back of the yard, only to see the man running back to the front of the property, away from the scene.
The mother said that her daughter was later questioned. Her underwear was found in the yard. The woman said that she took the child to the Leonora Police Station where a report was made. According to her, the bus conductor was arrested by the police but was later released on station bail.
The woman said that the police informed her that the man could not be held for more than 72 hours. To date, she alleged, the man has not been taken to court. In fact, had it not been for the involvement of Red Thread, there might have been no movement in the case.
On Friday the mother was again traumatized when her daughter went missing after visiting a family member. After experiencing some difficulty with children at her school following the January event, the child visited a family member who is also a pastor for advice.
However, the pastor was not at home and when the child failed to return home within a timely manner, her siblings reportedly told her that she would be scolded. The teen, apparently fearful, left the house and was not seen until Sunday afternoon.
When Kaieteur News contacted the mother, she had gone to the police station where another relative had taken the girl after finding her.
The woman subsequently took her daughter to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where she was medically examined.
The Child Protection Agency said that officers are looking into the matter.
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