According to reports, at about 11 pm the woman, 49, secured her Penco Lands, Longdenville home and retired to bed while her daughter, 17, did likewise in another bedroom. At about 2.30 am, the woman was awakened by a noise in her bedroom and was confronted by four masked men who ordered her to hand over a quantity of cash and jewelry.
On hearing strange noises, the girl got up and walked into her mother’s bedroom only to discover the four men pointing guns at her mother. One of the men grabbed the teen and pushed her on the bed next to her mother.
Two other male relatives who heard the commotion, were attacked by the men, tied up and left in another room in the house. Both mother and daughter were then ordered at gunpoint to strip by the men who took turns raping both of them.
After the assault, the men carried the weeping teen to a nearby bathroom and made her take a shower. The men then seized several items and escaped in the family’s car, a Toyota Corolla valued at $50,000.
A report was made to the police and both victims were taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope where they were medically examined.
Police said the assault on the teenager was so savage that she had to undergo emergency surgery. Both mother and daughter, police said, remain extremely traumatised in the aftermath of the attack.
Fingerprint experts searched the house for prints and other evidence. An All Points Bulletin (APB) was later issued alerting all police officers on curfew patrols to be on the lookout for the stolen vehicle and the four rapists. Police investigators believe the perpetrators of the criminal offences may be from an area close to where the crime was committed. They also believe that this crime could be solved shortly.
Yesterday senior officers of the Central Division told Newsday that while patrols are carried out during curfew hours from 11 pm to 5 am they believe perpetrators of robberies, rape and larceny are working with each other to share information on where police patrols are being undertaken so they would know which areas to strike and which to avoid because patrols are taking place.
This is the fourth incident of rape reported since the start of the state of emergency one month ago.
Yesterday, Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson, expressed concern over the incident but added that the police and soldiers will stop at nothing to find the perpetrators of this heinous act.