A 20-year-old boy has been caught and delivered to gendarmes for reportedly raping a six-year-old at the Non Glace neighborhood in Douala last Wednesday.
He survived beatings from the population who pounced on him over the weekend, days after he allegedly did the act.
Meanwhile, the six-year-old victim is now out of danger, after she was hospitalized at St John’s Memorial Clinic in the neighborhood.
The chief medical officer at the hospital, Dr Glory Befeke, told Equinoxe that the young girl was stable.
“We had to do the normal protocol for rape cases. We ran some tests and found some sperm cells deposited around the vagina which we took care of by cleaning her up.”
According to the medical report from Dr Befeke, there was an attempt for the hymen to be destroyed but it was “still intact”.
The victim’s father told Equinoxe TV that this was the third time the young man was being caught in the same act.
“We left and started searching for the guy because the guy ran away. It was only until 11 p.m. that we caught the guy,” he said.
He added that they brought the young man to a nearby gendarmerie post but were asked to first treat the injuries he had suffered due to the mob beatings.
“We gave him some beatings and later took the guy to the brigade. But at the brigade, they told us that the boy is having a wound, that we should go and treat the suspect before we can bring him the next morning,” the father said.
When asked why he committed the act, the suspect told Equinoxe he was responding to his body’s needs.
It is not clear if the young man was mentally stable, but he had difficulties speaking.
Reports say this was the third time the suspect was being arrested for rape, and the second time he was allegedly raping a girl from the same family.