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Guyana police probe alleged sexual assault, suicide


Guyana police probe alleged sexual assault, suicide

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GEORGETOWN – Guyana police said they are investigating whether a candidate contesting the March 2 general election may have been involved in the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, who committed suicide last weekend.

“We are investigating a report of sexual assault,” said the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara Commander, Assistant Commissioner Simon McBean.

Police have not released the names and addresses of the complainant and the alleged perpetrator in keeping with the Sexual Offences Act.

The parents of the 13-year-old reportedly filed a report with the police on February 17 and the candidate, a member of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was detained and later granted GUY$150 000 bail.

Media reports said that the girl complained to her parents about inappropriate sexual advances and touching by the individual over the past months when he visited the family’s home.

“We have extended our investigation to see whether there is any relationship between the suicide and the allegation,” McBean said. (CMC)