Gambia: 8-year-old girl raped to death

An 8-year-old girl to has been raped to death in the Kombo North District of the Gambia’s West Coast Region while laying in her bedroom, the Daily Observer reported.

An unidentified man had entered the room of the young girl through a window, covered her mouth with a blanket and sexually assaulted her.

The 8-year-old’s mother, who went into the girl’s room to take her to ease herself found the man raping her daughter, screamed for help and tried to pin the assailant. The suspected assailant escaped.

The girl had bruises on her neck and blood stains dotted on the crime scene. She was rushed to the Bajulinding health center where she was declared dead.

Her body has been taken to the mortuary in Banjul, where forensics specialist will take DNA samples and the medical examiner will carry out a postmortem.

Several rapes cases have been reported in the same area, in which the victims were left seriously injured. Gambia has stiff penalties for rape but has seen a recent surge in cases.

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