Essequibo rape victim identifies soldiers as rapists, robbers—Divisional Commander

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Investigators in Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast got a shock of their lives when a 20-year-old woman, who was raped and beaten Saturday night, identified two members of the Guyana Defence Force as her attackers.

The two soldiers were also identified by the woman’s partner, who was beaten and robbed during the attack which occurred shortly after 19:40 hrs at the Community Ground at Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast.

Divisional Commander, Khali Pareshram confirmed that the soldiers are in custody. He said that ranks are now preparing a file to send to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack for legal advice on the case.

According to information received, the young couple told investigators that they went to the community ground to chat but they were suddenly confronted by two men who demanded that they hand over their valuables.

It was while the victims were trying to gather their belongings to give the suspects that the woman was reportedly instructed to take off her clothing. The gunmen began physically assaulting both victims when she resisted.

The Guyana Standard was told that the woman was then raped by both men at a corner of a building in the community center compound. The men reportedly took turns to guard her boyfriend, who was standing a stone’s throw from where she was being molested.

Ranks claimed that the community ground is lonely at nights.

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