There have been constant requests for the discontinuance of crimes, specifically as it relates to sexual offenses that involves minors, according to Director of Public Prosecutions Victoria Charles-Clarke.
The island’s DPP however stated that her office has a “zero tolerance policy” in relation to this, because there are certain policies that allow her office to determine when to proceed or discontinue a case.
Nevertheless, the Prosecution Department is faced with numerous requests, usually from parents of minors who often times indicate that they do not want the case to continue.
“That is unlawful because once a complaint is made and someone is charged the law has a responsibility to protect minors,” Charles-Clarke told the media.
The DPP said there are rare situations where a case of that nature could be discontinued, but explained that this could happen if the victim is not able to cope and there is medical evidence to continue with the case.