A man believed to be in his early 40’s, identified as Samuel Sankalay, has allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in Margibi County.
According to a report, Sankalay is an affiliate member of the opposition People’s Unification Party.
Our Margibi County correspondent said the incident took place on Thursday night, August 5, 2021, in the PUP building, when the alleged perpetrator sexually assaulted the victim, whose name is withheld, due to her age.
Alexander Gayflor, an eyewitness who claims to have rescued the victim, reported that he heard the girl screaming from one of the rooms, which prompted him to go into the house to ascertain what was happening.
Gayflor also stressed that upon his intervention at the reported crime scene, the victim managed to have escaped from the hands of the alleged perpetrator, who he said threatened to harm anyone who intends to make an intervention.
The eyewitness stated that the victim told him that she was on her way for treatment at a medical facility in the county when Sankalay reportedly intercepted her forcibly and took her into the building.
Alexander Gayflor indicated that he alerted the police to arrest the alleged perpetrator, who reportedly resisted police arrest and ran into the PUP building and locked himself inside.
Meanwhile, the People’s Unification Party Margibi Chapter chairman, Ambassador Francis Fahnlor Cooper has clarified that the incident did not occur in the party’s building but rather at the headquarters of the political institution.
Speaking at a news conference during the weekend, Cooper termed the incident as unfortunate and must be condemned by all citizens in the county, adding the alleged perpetrator is not a member of the PUP but only an individual who is normally seen around the vicinity of the party.
Ambassador Francis Cooper, who is also a Margibi County Electoral District #4 representative hopeful, added that executives of the party had already met with the family of the victim, promising their commitment to stand with the family till the case is properly handled.