Neigh­bours beat up man for rap­ing 13-yr-old girl

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Chris Eze, Ye­nagoa

A 35-year-old man was al­most beaten to death yesterday by res­i­dents of Akenfa area of Ye­nagoa in Bayelsa State af­ter be­ing caught de­fil­ing a 13 year- old girl.

Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that the an­gry res­i­dents who caught the man in the act al­most lynched him be­fore the po­lice ar­rived.

A wit­ness said the man was caught “red handed” due to the girl’s screams which at­tracted neigh­bours.

“The act in­fu­ri­ated the res­i­dents who beat him mer­ci­lessly un­til the po­lice came to his res­cue. If the po­lice had de­layed, maybe he would have been dead. Im­me­di­ately af­ter he was caught, some peo­ple in the area called the po­lice and their prompt ar­rival saved him”, he said.

Po­lice spokesman, Asinim Butswat, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, and ap­plauded ef­forts of mem­bers of the public in as­sist­ing the po­lice to fight crime. He, how­ever, ad­vised them to de­sist from tak­ing the law into their hands. The man was sub­se­quently de­tained, he said.

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