…neighbours scaled man’s fence to rescue teen – police sourceBy Kristen MacklingamA 12-year-old girl was rescued by public-spirited citizens after she was allegedly sexually molested by an 80-year-old man, whom neighbours described as a sexual predator.Reports reaching this newspaper are that the man reportedly lured the girl into his vehicle and drove to his home. This publication understands that the child in her statement to Police said that before exiting the vehicle, the man ran his hands along her body and inserted his fingers into her vagina. However, at that time, neighbours noticed the girl’s figure inside of his car and called out to him, inquiring as to whether there was a child with him.Guyana Times understands that the man vehemently denied that there was anyone inside of his vehicle but one neighbour took matters into his own hands and jumped over the fence into the man’s yard.The neighbour then approached the car and confirmed that the young female was inside the vehicle. An alarm was then raised and other neighbours rushed to the man’s house and notified the police.The man was immediately arrested and the 12-year-old taken into police custody while childcare protection officers were summoned to provide the necessary care for the child. Residents told Police that they acted in such a manner because the man is a known sexual perpetrator. However, a police source revealed that the pensioner was released on station bail after the mandatory 72-hour holding period for a suspect had expired and investigations had not been concluded.According to a senior police source, the lengthiness of the process of the child giving her statement coupled with the process of her giving statements to the child protection authorities and then to the police caused the legal timeframe for holding the man to pass.As such, he was placed on station bail and the file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice on the way forward.This publication was also told that the alleged child molester usually preys on children who belong to very poor families and then doles out cash to them or their families to prevent Police reports.“The guy is apparently in the habit of reaching out to these poor people’s children and when he finished having sex with them he would give the parents or relatives money to hush up …but this 12-year-old is receiving care from the child authorities and I was told that somebody, a relative, went with the girl and was saying some nonsense in relation to dropping the matter. But we cannot do that, if anyone tries to object or stop the matter, we will lock them up too,” a senior police source told this publication on Monday.
No related posts. Two years ago, 32 women, 48 children and 172 men were killed by firearms in Costa Rica.Those statistics glow from backlit posters on Avenida Escazú, southwest of the capital, and overlook highways in Curridabat, east of the city, emblazoned on giant billboards. “The goal is to inform people that firearms in general have a negative effect,” said Randal Arias, director of the governance and justice program at Costa Rica’s Peace and Democracy Foundation and manager of a new campaign designed to inform citizens about gun violence. “The focus is on protecting the family.”The awareness campaign, which launched last week, is in conjunction with new gun law reforms put on the table by President Laura Chinchilla.“What Costa Rica wants to say is that we can we can face criminality and violence with policies of the state and with an intelligent dialogue with the community,” Chinchilla said at a press conference last week.The reforms currently are facing a vote in the Legislative Assembly. If passed, the changes would allow only one gun per home, prohibit the carrying of a firearm in a bar or school, blacklist anyone with a history of domestic violence from owning a gun and raise the penalty for owning an illegal firearm to up to eight years in prison. Chinchilla also announced that 3,675 firearms currently in government custody will be destroyed.While Costa Rica has long had one of the lowest crime rates in Central America, violent crime has been on the rise. According to the Judicial Investigation Police, the use of firearms in assaults grew 59 percent between 2005 and 2011, and 42 percent in crimes in general. The use of guns in murders grew 3 percent from 2011-2012.“These reforms are not coming from nowhere,” said Max Loría Ramírez, vice minister of peace and justice. “We have been talking about these reforms for years.”The Costa Rican government is not the only actor seeking gun reform. A huge portion of the money for the awareness campaign came from the private sector, civil associations and the Canadian government.“It is impossible to put an official number on it right now,” Arias said. “The private sector has put in more than $100,000, but it just keeps coming in and that is really the most beautiful thing.”With the extra money the group is launching a social media campaign and several television spots. The messages focus on the three groups viewed as the most vulnerable to gun violence: children (due to gun accidents), women (domestic violence) and young men (delinquency and gangs). “This campaign was launched in the context of new reforms, but it takes more preventative action,” Arias said. “The proposed laws want to control people’s actions through obligation, but the campaign is meant to appeal to people’s morals and conscience.”The reform bill is in a legislative commission, and Loría believes it will pass quickly through the assembly.“We are very optimistic that these changes will have a real effect on crime,” he said. Facebook Comments