HOLES: Police PR challenge media reports on elderly woman’s alleged rape in vague press statement

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HOLES: Police PR challenge media reports on elderly woman’s alleged rape in vague press statement

Police have dismissed widespread reports that an elderly woman, who was hospitalised on Thursday, May 15, was sexually assaulted, but the lawmen have failed to say what injuries – if any – that the woman sustained despite stating that she “appeared to be in severe pain” in hospital and the matter is under investigation.

News that an elderly woman, between 50 and 60 years old, was allegedly raped and had a stick inserted in her vagina Thursday morning, and left between booths 10 and 11 in a pool of blood on St. Louis Street, Castries, evoked shock and disgust from the public.

Multiple media houses including DBS, HTS, and  Saint Lucia News Online quoted emergency, police and civilian sources confirming the brutal rape/sexual assault.

However, in a press release distributed today – 24 hours long after the incident – the Police Information Office sought to clarify the issue in a vaguely-written statement.

The release has not clarified the following: injuries of the alleged victim (if any), the reason/s why the woman was stated to be in “severe pain”, nor why the matter is still being investigated if officers are “yet” to identify an offense of sexual assault.”

The report read: “About 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014, officers attached to the Vulnerable Person’s Unit were in receipt of a request from medical personnel at Victoria Hospital to witness the examination of a 61-year-old female.

“The officers proceeded to Victoria Hospital where they were introduced to this individual. At the time, she appeared to be in severe pain. She gave the officers certain information before the medical examination commenced. Based on discussions with the victim and medical personnel, the officers are yet to identify an offense of a sexual assault.  The matter is still the subject of investigation. The female is currently admitted in a stable condition at Victoria Hospital.

“Members of the public and media are asked to be mindful when disseminating information. It was reported in the media that an elderly female was allegedly brutally raped before verifying whether or not the police was investigating such report. As it stands, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force deals primarily with facts and not on the basis of speculation.”

Since the incident, residents of the old CDC apartments have been calling for increased security patrols in the area.

Meanwhile, members of the media are particularly anxious to know what police are investigating if there was no evidence “YET” of sexual assault and the reasons behind the hospitalisation of the woman.

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  1. Ditto..if it was ur mother u wdnt want the police to release every detail of how she was allegedly raped, wd u? yall like too much soaps. sexual offences are strictly confidential and the police is not in any position to make any detailed releae of what happen unless the victim does it on their own which rarely happens.... confidential...yall like to much soapd and yall like to gossip to dam much with no facts for back up....
    secondly, u cannot blame the police for not being to match dna etc because our government does not provide them with wt they need to work....if the government has nothing in place for the police to trace and match dna etc how are they supposed to do it....the police is trying in st lucia with the little help from government and citizens.... they are human just like us....they are not super heroes with super powers.....plz lucians yall are too ignorant and the more of yyall comments I read on here on a daily basis makes me sick and brings up the illiteracy rate each time....BS.....so pissed.....

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  2. "Son of Helen" the public always have a right to speculate. The job of the police is to investigate this speculation. Are our opinions supposed to reflect that of the police? Did you hear what they said "an alleged rape". What does the word "alleged" mean. It means that is is specualive then the police's job is to remove this speculation by investigating. You party hacks just won't stop with the bullshit that you peddle. Tell that to your other toothless party followers whose only education is a 680 in one of the local rumshops. Fool.

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  3. Itz not gossip. The ppl who know what happen have spoken I guess. The police nor the hospital docs were in CDC at the time. So who should we believe? Those ppl in position always lying to us. Even the PM lied to us about Better Days. Bring on the street news.

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  4. A few weeks ago the remains of a body was found burnt the English press had identified it thru the victims family yet the RSLPF made a press release saying the DNA testing was not finalised so they would not agree it was that person who being plastered in foreign and the local press. Then we had a case of a missing youth leader a body was found up to now no match has been made to determine if that body is the young man in question. Now this? Blood everywhere and you lot are saying it's not what everybody think it is?? wtf ti say I'm bewildered is the understatement! Are they suggesting the lady in question had consentual sex?? Meanwhile all media houses have released statements contrary to what the police are saying. I'm feeling rather nervous at the incompetence displayed by the force your role us to serve and protect and to my mind you're not doing a good job at all.

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  5. WTF IS WRG WITH ST LUCIA POLICE....UP TO KNOW THEY CANT IDENTIFY ROGER AS BEING BURT TO ASHES NOW THIS...SERIOUSLY? WHAT KIND OF BS IS THAT.

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    • Can you not read and understand? "She gave the officers certain information before the medical examination commenced. Based on discussions with the victim and medical personnel, the officers are yet to identify an offense of a sexual assault." This does not mean that she was not raped, it simply means that she did not tell the police that she was raped.

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  6. An elderly lady was assaulted, so why the secrecy???? I wonder why they want they want it under wraps????

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  7. Juke Bois has set the stage, and everyone is following his lead to make Saint Lucia a gossip country.

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