Monrovia-WTVNEWS: The Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberia National Police has arrested, investigated, charged and forwarded to Court Prince Massaquoi for allegedly raping a 13yr old girl which led to death.
Prince, age 33, a resident of Camp Johnson Road was charged with Statutory Rape. He was arrested on January 20, 2022 based on a complaint filed by the guardian of the victim.
Medical report from Hope For Women Sexual Gender- based Violence ONE STOP CENTER revealed old healed lacerations (tears) at 12, 1, 5, 6, 11 and redness at 3 & 9 O’clock position in her vagina and evidence of penetration due to a blunt object; It was established that victim was sexually abused by Prince Massaquoi but the victim was unable to narrate her ordeal due to her medical condition and that the victim was admitted at the J.F.K. Medical Hospital on January 21, 2022 and died on January 24, 2022.
Police preliminary investigation revealed that the victim (little Princess) was presented with 10 days history of abdominal pain that was associated with anorexia, nausea, post prandial bilious vomiting, fever, progressive abdominal distention with worsening generalized abdominal pain and difficulty breathing.
It was further established through medical report that she had two (2) liters of pus in the abdominal cavity, raptured apex with inflamed base of appendix and fibrinous exudate.
The report further stated that victim death was caused by OVERWHELMING SEPSIS 2 DEGREE due to or as a consequence of RUPTURED APPENDIX.
The analysis from the late Princess Moulton medical report and death certificate showed that her death was not related to the sexual abuse perpetrated against her or as a result of RAPE.
“In view of the foregoing facts and circumstances, coupled with evidence gathered, the investigation resolved to charge defendant Prince Massaquoi “alias ” “Dorbor” with the commission of the crime STATUTORY RAPE, which is in violation of section 14.70 of the New Rape Law of Liberia and forwarded to court for prosecution”, the LNP Statement noted.
Following the death of Little Princess, scores of Community members including Activists stage a peaceful protest in demand of Justice for the 13yrs old.
Little Princess died while PRESIDENT GEORGE MANNEH WEAH was delivering his 5th annual message, in which he mentioned the fight to achieve 30% of SGBV across Liberia by 2030.
Rape and other forms of violence against women and girls are reportedly high in parts of the country with complaints of access to Justice and use of the rule of Law.