KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - A 34-year-old labourer was arrested for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl in a hut in Kinabatangan.
It was learnt that the man was bathing when he saw the girl playing outside his house prior to the 8am incident on Wednesday.
He then grabbed the girl and covered her mouth before taking her to a hut behind his house where he allegedly raped her.
The man fled when the girl screamed from fright and pain, but was arrested near the scene soon after the victim's mother lodged a police report.
Kinabatangan district police chief Supt A. Sahak Rahmat said the victim's mother had found the girl running home crying in pain.
The girl, he said, was sent for a check-up and was found to have been raped.