A 22-year-old man has been arrested by police in Freetown, Sierra Leone, after raping his five-year-old cousin, Kadijah Saccoh, to death.
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It was gathered that Kadijah and her eight-year-old sister were living with their aunt, the suspect’s mother, because their parents are separated.
According to reports, the suspect also raped the deceased’s older sister several times.
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Their father, said to be a Congolese, living in the United States, had been trying to take Kadijah with him, but could not, because a court prevented him from doing so, as the mother is against it.
Consequently, Kadijah and her sister remained in Sierra Leone with their aunt, who is the elder sister of Kadijah’s mother.
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Reports claim that the aunt refused to report to the parents of the children, or the police, when she discovered that her son had raped the eight-year-old girl at a time, but treated the girl herself.
Her son then started raping Kadijah, and she hid the crime too. Unfortunately, she died during one of the incidents.
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She raised suspicion after informing Kadijah’s father’s family about her death, and asked for permission to bury the child quickly.
However, the father insisted that his family take the corpse for an autopsy, which showed that the girl was raped multiple times.
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The father then asked that his older daughter be taken for a test too, which revealed that she had also been raped on a number of occasions.
The aunt and her son are now in police custody.