One arrested over raping adopted girl

On 15 February 2021 at 10:11

A man identified as Maniriho Jean Pierre, 34, from Rebero village, Gikombe cell of Rubavu sector in Rubavu district, Western Province has been arrested for allegedly raping a girl who lived with him at a home where they were all brought up together.

The executive secretary of Rubavu sector, Tuyisenge Annonciata has said that the suspect was handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB).

“We learnt about the rape case yesterday around 10am upon information provided by residents. Concerned authorities in collaboration with security officials arrested the suspect and handed him to RIB,” she said.

Tuyisenge Annonciata thanked residents for continued collaboration providing information on various crimes including drug traffickers and smugglers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Article 197 of the Law nº 68/2018 of 30/08/2018 determining offenses and penalties stipulates that anyone forcibly engaging 18-year old person in sexual relations is liable to a sentence between five to seven years.

When the offense is committed to a person in advanced age, differently abled person or patient; the convicted person is subject to a sentence between seven to ten-years and a fine between Rwf 500,000 and Rwf1, 000,000.

In case rape results into incurable disease to the victim, the offender is liable to a sentence between 10 to 15 years and becomes life sentence when rape results into death.

The suspect was handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB).