The Police Administration has implored the public to be patient as it probes the alleged rape of a four-year-old girl at Assin Adadientem in the Central Region.
Director of Police Public Affairs, DSP Sheila Abeyie-Buckman said the Service will follow due process in handling the case including the protection of the rights of the victim and suspects under the law.
Speaking to Joy News hours after the arrest of the suspect Monday, she said the police have received the relevant document to aid their work.
“The suspect is presently in police custody and police have received the medical report on the examination of the victim and the investigation is still ongoing,” she said.
IGP David Asante Apeatu
The sensibility of Ghanaians was stirred when the news of the alleged rape of the four-year-old by a 17-year-old boy broke.
The act was widely condemned, with pressure mounted on the police to bring the perpetrator to face the law.
Within hours, Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu directed the Central Regional Police chief to take over the investigation of the matter.
The Assin Fosu Divisional Police Commander in whose community the act took place summoned the Crime Officer handling the matter and sanctioned him.
Feminist groups have launched initiatives aimed at seeking justice for the victim and her family.
But the police say they will not be pushed into rushing with the investigation of the case.
“The public should allow due process to be followed and not to be hasty to draw conclusions,” DSP Abeyie-Buckman said.
Asked if the age of the suspect would not present a challenge for the police, she replied they have procedures they follow in dealing with matters of juvenile offenders.
But DSP Abeyie-Buckman was not in the position to state if the suspect in question could be described as a juvenile.
“Assuming he is a juvenile, we will still follow due process,” she added.