HALBA, Lebanon: Police reenacted Wednesday the rape and killing of a 5-year-old Syrian child in Halba, according to a statement issued by the Internal Security Forces.
The recreation took place in the presence of North Lebanon General Attorney of Appeals Judge Ghassan Bassil, Halba’s Judiciary Section Commander Nadim Abdel Massih and his assistant officer Nazih Salah, and Commissioner for Minor Prisoners Faten Ghanem.
Five-year old Mohammad al-Khawli’s body was found Sunday in a dumpster at the entrance of a school in the Akkar village of Halba. The boy's body, which had been stabbed five times in his waist, was found in a box, his head covered with a black bag.
The morning the body was found, Mahmoud A. called Halba’s police department to report that his son, identified as N.A., 17, had confessed to having killed the Syrian child and discarding the body, according to ISF’s statement.
Following up on the call, police arrested the teenager and discovered the knife used to perpetrate the crime near the scene.
During interrogations, N.A confessed to having raped and stabbed the child at his brother’s coffee shop, before putting the body in a box and dumping it in a container in the backyard, the statement added.
A suspected accomplice of N.A. was on Monday, security sources told The Daily Star. The Halba police arrested the suspect, identified as J.M., on suspicion that he took part in the rape and the killing of Khawli, the sources said.