80-year-old arrested for sexually assaulting 12-year-old

…neighbours scaled man’s fence to rescue teen – police source

By Kristen Macklingam

A 12-year-old girl was rescued by public-spirited citizens after she was allegedly sexually molested by an 80-year-old man, whom neighbours described as a sexual predator.
Reports reaching this newspaper are that the man reportedly lured the girl into his vehicle and drove to his home. This publication understands that the child in her statement to Police said that before exiting the vehicle, the man ran his hands along her body and inserted his fingers into her vagina. However, at that time, neighbours noticed the girl’s figure inside of his car and called out to him, inquiring as to whether there was a child with him.
Guyana Times understands that the man vehemently denied that there was anyone inside of his vehicle but one neighbour took matters into his own hands and jumped over the fence into the man’s yard.
The neighbour then approached the car and confirmed that the young female was inside the vehicle. An alarm was then raised and other neighbours rushed to the man’s house and notified the police.
The man was immediately arrested and the 12-year-old taken into police custody while childcare protection officers were summoned to provide the necessary care for the child. Residents told Police that they acted in such a manner because the man is a known sexual perpetrator. However, a police source revealed that the pensioner was released on station bail after the mandatory 72-hour holding period for a suspect had expired and investigations had not been concluded.
According to a senior police source, the lengthiness of the process of the child giving her statement coupled with the process of her giving statements to the child protection authorities and then to the police caused the legal timeframe for holding the man to pass.
As such, he was placed on station bail and the file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice on the way forward.
This publication was also told that the alleged child molester usually preys on children who belong to very poor families and then doles out cash to them or their families to prevent Police reports.
“The guy is apparently in the habit of reaching out to these poor people’s children and when he finished having sex with them he would give the parents or relatives money to hush up …but this 12-year-old is receiving care from the child authorities and I was told that somebody, a relative, went with the girl and was saying some nonsense in relation to dropping the matter. But we cannot do that, if anyone tries to object or stop the matter, we will lock them up too,” a senior police source told this publication on Monday.