THE taxi driver who allegedly abducted and raped a 12-year-old girl, then buried her alive after he thought he had strangled her to death, was yesterday remanded in custody when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.
The accused, 26-year-old Garsha Wilson, is charged with rape, abduction, attempted murder, malicious destruction of property, and cruelty to a child.
The police alleged that the child — who was reported missing from the transport centre in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew on March 22 — was abducted by Wilson, said to be a family friend.
It is alleged that Wilson took the child to Smokey Vale, St Andrew where he raped her and choked her until she was unconscious.
The accused, believing that the child was dead, reportedly buried her in shallow grave and covered it with stones.
The girl regained consciousness and dug herself out and was assisted by residents who took her to the police where the matter was reported.
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