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Eight named suspects in sexual assault of now-deceased minor in Tangerang

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 18, 2020   /   05:54 pm
Eight named suspects in sexual assault of now-deceased minor in Tangerang

The Pagedangan Police in Tangerang regency, Banten, named eight people suspects on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the rape of a now-deceased 16-year-old girl in April.

"The police managed to arrest six of the eight suspects. We are still pursuing the other two," Pagedangan Police chief Adj. Comr. Efri said on Wednesday.

According to the police, the case started when the victim, a South Tangerang resident, met one of the suspects, Fikri, through social media, after which they developed a romantic relationship.

On April 18 at 1 a.m., Fikri took the girl to a house in Pagedangan district in Tangerang regency, where all but one of the suspects were. Prepared in advance were three chlorpromazine pills – a psychiatric medication with sedative properties that is often used to treat mental disorders.

The victim reportedly lost consciousness after being forced to take the three pills at once by the seven suspects who were present, after which she was allegedly raped.

According to the police's investigation, the men also sexually assaulted the victim before April 18. 

Efri said all eight suspects reportedly raped the girl on April 10, although the police provided no details on the incident.

He said one of the suspects, identified only as S, tried to convince the victim’s family to refrain from taking the case to court.

S tried to “carry out mediation" through a meeting between the victim’s family and those of the suspects before the police became involved, Efri said.

"The victim fell ill after the incident and was taken to the Darma Graha mental health hospital in Serpong [Tangerang] on May 26," Efri said as quoted by kompas.com.

The victim's family reportedly insisted on bringing the girl home from the hospital on June 9. She died on June 11, two days after being discharged. (trn)