A 22-year-old man has been arrested on charges of raping and murdering a nine-year-old girl. He also allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl who was seriously injured in the attack.
In a police statement on Wednesday, spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said the suspect was arrested in the Sedibeng district in Sebokeng.
“A police officer at around 2am on Wednesday morning 20 March 2019, responded to an alert of children screaming and on arrival at the scene, found the 22-year old suspect. Inside the house, police also found the body of a nine-year-old who was declared dead on the scene; as well as 13-year-old girl with multiple injuries. Preliminary reports reveal that the 13-year-old had also been raped”, he said.
Police also discovered weapons believed to have been used during the crimes.
Gauteng provincial commissioner of police Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said: “We can only hope that the swift arrest of the suspect will bring some kind of comfort to the family of the little girls. Police must leave no stone unturned in making sure that all bases are covered towards a watertight case leading up to a successful conviction by the courts.”
The 13-year-old girl is recovering in hospital.
– African News Agency