While brother of the deceased 33-year-old Saadia Byron has said that she had made numerous reports to the police about alleged attacks from a male, authorities have said that their records show that only one report of sexual assault was made by her and it dates back to 2014.
That complaint was discontinued upon her request, police say.
Byron’s lifeless body was discovered in a “shallow stone grave” around midday on November 11, close to her Black Bay, Laborie residence.
Byron’s body was semi-nude and covered with stones, sources said.
A used condom, a stone, human faeces and her underwear were discovered about 25 metres from her home where she lives with her mother and other family members. One family member said there was a bit of blood in the bushes but another said there was none.
Her brother Chris Byron told HTS News4orce that Byron’s reports to the police were never heeded.
“There was this particular guy he’s always waiting for her in the dark, always grabbing her hands, always attacking her. She made several reports to the police station and again, no police, nobody ever did anything on her behalf until this weekend,” he said.
According to Chris, that alleged attacker was known to her. He is believed to be one of two individuals being questioned by police in relation to Byron’s death.
Officer in Charge of Crime and Intelligence at Royal St. Lucia Police Force, George Nicholas, at a press conference on Monday, said: “What I can confirm is that some time in 2014 the deceased made a sexual assault report at the vulnerable persons team in Vieux Fort and according to our records she indicated that she wanted no further action in the matter. She wanted the police to discontinue the investigation. That is what our records can confirm at this point in time.”
“…People discontinue matters that they have reported for various reasons …and it’s their prerogative to indicate where they want to go with the matter,” he added after being questioned further on the reason Byron withdrew her complaint.
It is hoped that an autopsy to be performed on the deceased’s body will indicate if she was raped.