By Calvin Palmer
A 12-year-old Jamaican girl who was raped, strangled and left for dead in a shallow grave, regained consciousness and dug her way out to safety.
Taxi driver Garsha Wilson faces charges of rape, abduction, attempted murder and cruelty to a child, Deputy Police Superintendent Herfa Beckford said.
Police say Wilson, who is believed to be a friend of the youngster, abducted the girl two weeks ago while she was at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre, in Kingston.
He allegedly took the little girl to a home in Smokey Vale, St Andrew, where he raped her and then later tried to strangle her until she became unconscious.
Thinking she was dead, Wilson allegedly buried her in a shallow grave and covered it with rocks.
The girl told police she regained consciousness and dug herself out.
Wilson is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
Officers investigating the case said they are examining the possibility of a link to other cases, including that of Ananda Dean — the 11-year-old girl who was abducted in 2008 and her headless body dumped in Belvedere, St Andrew.
In the face of rising abductions of females by taxi drivers, Jamaican authorities have warned women not to travel alone.