Rape victim speaks out! Says case dragging on for 7 years while accused “free to carry on his life”

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Rape victim speaks out! Says case dragging on for 7 years while accused “free to carry on his life”

Highest-Rape-Crime-in-Ethiopia (2)A foreign national, who was the victim of rape and kidnapping in Saint Lucia on Nov. 22, 2008, has expressed disappointment with the local court system and believes the names of persons charged and/or convicted for the crime should be revealed to the public.

In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO), the woman expressed disappointment that her case has been dragging on for seven years and counting while the attacker is free, after being granted $10,000 bail.

“My case is at High Court. It has been adjourned numerous times, many due to him not having a lawyer to represent him,” she said.

The woman approached SNO after learning about the increased reports of rape incidents on island. She said she is “mortified” by the recent reports.

“I am desperately afraid for every female on the island. From baby to old age. I believe that rape is like a death sentence for the victim, even after so-called recovery,” she said.

The victim said the issue of rape needs “highlighting”.

“People need to be made aware of who to avoid. The rapists are ruining the life of the country,” she said.

The names of rape victims and their accused are not permitted to be released under local laws, mainly to protect the privacy of the victims.

The victim’s mother also spoke with SNO. She too is not pleased that the pace of the court case.

She said the accused is “free to carry on with his life while my daughter still suffers following his brutal attack on her”.

“Seven years is too long to wait for justice while this man is free to rape again,” she said.

Both mother and daughter have expressed willingness to assist the local authorities in the investigation of rape cases.

The island was rocked in recent times by the rape of a 97-year-old woman in Mon Repos, Micoud and the gang rape of two 16-year-old girls in Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet.

Police said over 60 cases of rape have been reported since the start of the year.

In the Third Quarter Crime Statistics Report 2015 it was revealed that sexual offences and crimes against persons were the only major crime categories which recorded an increased number of accepted cases.

 

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  1. I AM DISSPOINTED IN THE LAWS OF THIS ISLAND, NO REGARDS FOR HUMANITY WHATSOEVER. THIS JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS FAILED US AND WITH THAT SAID I'M WORRIED ABOUT THIS NEXT GENERATION. WE ST LUCIANS NEED TO TAKE A STAND AND TAKE BACK WHAT WAS ONCE CALLED ST LUCIA. THESE CRIMINALS ARE PAINTING OUR SWEET ISLAND WITH PAIN AND ANGUISH. ITS LIKE WERE ON A SINKING SHIP WITH NO CAPTAIN TO DIRECT US TO THE WAY FOWARD...........SMH

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  2. I lived well during 12 years in St. Lucia. It went all down since the world crisis. I left. The island has become a chaos. Medical service is very poor. No future at least for the next 10 years. If you can and have professional skills, just leave the island.

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  3. So sorry to hear about this ancient Case... MADAME DPP TRY TO ASSIST BEFORE U GO...TREAT IT AS AMU OFFSHORE SCHOOL THAT U BROUGHT UP IN LESS THAN NO TIME AND WAS THRASHED OUT

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  4. I am a victim too and I have no ans yet!!! When you asleep in your bed and wake up with a mask man on top of you and your child asleep next to you and all you can do is pray your child wont wake or also be raped!!!!!!how many of the 66 rapes have been solved yettttt dpp and police dpt

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  5. LISTEN People moaning to each other will only raise your blood pressure and that is not good. Write to the People responsible for the Law of the Land. Start with your MP for Parliament, he is suppose to represent you there; ASK him why he isn't!!?? and if he want to keep that nice job. NEXT is the Prime Minister, ASK him why he wanted the job, because you don't see what he has done or is doing to merit holding that position or keeping it? They have to reply to you. If they don't show that they work for their money, SACK them; don't feel sorry for them. YOU the PEOPLE are their BOSS, let them KNOW it. YOU tell them what you want, not what they want to give you. MAKE them LISTEN. Lastly SELECT and ELECT an Upstanding man or woman from your district to represent you as an Independent MP, this PARTY business is for them the PARTY not YOU; what benefit is it to you??. Do not forget, YOU are the BOSS. IT is YOU who have the POWER. USE it S.

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  6. Welll I can tell you one thing God Forbid if this happens to any of my family member and I know who it is... well the law will definately have a case on the hands with me.... its time you st lucians Shake up things and demand something be done becuase there is no way I will know someone rape my sister or mother and he is out walking free to do what he wants and says he has no lawyer... I can tell you that now...

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  7. The law will change when a minister, prime minister , governor general, lawyer, judge, police commissioner or their family member gets raped. Since they are the pharaohs of the land they'll know how to make the wheels turn to get the laws changed. Till then is say get yourself a coochie cutter once its available. Lethal to anyone who goes in without consent. Link is provided below

    https://ppodds.wordpress.com/2007/03/22/coochie-cutters/

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  8. calculated revenge , never seen a mask man get convicted or even caught, never heard of any forensic evidence made available when weights are placed on body and dropped in the middle of the ocean.

    F__k the Law

    Baige had it right Solomon's law. And up too today WHO GUARDING THE GUARD, these words still haunt us today.

    GIVE KENNY AND CHASTNET TWO CUTLASS AND SORT THE ELECTION AMONGST THEMSELVES..............

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  9. for gods sake stop demonizing men. without men society and the orld would not be as advanced as it is. and in st. lucia law can a women even rape, sexually assault or molest male.

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    • Calm down buddy ... bacue thise isn`t about men... its about the vitim a person a mother a woman who was raped and is just seeking to find answers and justice as to why this person should be out and about .... I wonder if this happened to you would you be singing that same song .....

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  10. I hope your'll put that info in your'll'll tourist brochures when your'll boasting about 0.5 percent increase in gdp due to tourism. smh

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  11. OM flipping G. Women Walk with a knife. This shit is out of Control. OVer 60 rape cases and one cannot be solved. Start cutting dicks off left , right and center. Just have your day in court and serve your time well. because Rape is a life sentence.. with the the history of court cases in st. Lucia, i'll take my chances of a murder case than rape case. Serial rapists on the loose.

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    • Well Idiot .... if someone walks with a knife and then the person uses that same knife to kill you ... tell me how will that be you talk stuff you haven`t thought about do you know what its like for someone to rape someone.... that person may not even be aware it may happen... then again instead of you folks trying to get things moving and make changes to the laws to retify the matter you shit at type rubbish like this

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  12. This system is crooked and unjust. If rape victims are brave enough to come forward and let society know of the ordeal suffered at such heartless and cruel beings why is the law still protecting these animals and claim it to protect the victims privacy.
    Is it fear which cripples the system? Wasn't the case of a 97 year old not an eye open? The two 16 year olds one of which had to undergo vaginal surgery?
    Are we awaiting a more victims to pile up and cower in fear?
    This system does not care about citizen once those involved are fed with struggles of our hard earned monies the law will not bat an eye to protect us.
    We need to be vigilant and protect ourselves

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    • The law will change when a minister, prime minister , governor general, lawyer, judge, police commissioner or their family member gets raped. Since they are the pharaohs of the land they'll know how to make the wheels turn to get the laws changed. Till then is say get yourself a coochie cutter. Lethal to anyone who goes in without consent. Link is provided below

      https://ppodds.wordpress.com/2007/03/22/coochie-cutters/

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    • I wnat it to get you angry enough to stand up and do something about ..... get all your engery and zoom in and be that change.....

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  13. St. Lucia is a majee when it comes to finding justice. Unless you don't have your own lawyer they doing crap. I can't stand this island sometimes. Always have a case dragging on. No justice. It's not fair to the ciizens. You guys just seat there on your butts taking money. It's all about money in society. No compassion for citizens in the court system. I mean show compassion for humanity., yes you wanna make money but don't let people suffer and spend so much on a case. And don't let the culprits walk free, putting civilians life at risk. Rape is a serious issue. It is high time we start registering sex offenders. I am afraid to stay in my own home with all these things going on! Sad that it's all about money. It really hurts because I have a friend who has a court case going on for three years and it is affecting her financially. Court system really needs to step up. Serious St. Lucia??

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    • Everything you said is right but unfortunately the people who have the ability to change it are the ones benefiting from the lag or slow process. Judges, lawyers all of them get paid more the longer a case takes. Democracy is a joke in this country. The only right u have is to decide who and their family and friends get fat for the next 5 years. That's it really. the sad reality.

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    • its high high time to get a brand new justice system !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      a case must come within 3 month to court and a sentence must be spoken in this time frame. also only 1 appeal should be allowed and the sentence thereafter must be final!
      do what have to be done to make the neccessary change, but get it done!

      WELL DONE IS BETTER THEN WELL SAID.

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  14. in this country its pointless reporting a rape case. if youre raped is best you take your own revenge because the court system is a waste of time. those lawyers and judges just getting fat on crime. Thats the only set of persons thats praying for crimes to take place to make a dollar.

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    • I totally agree. This is ridiculous that rate at which the court system moves in this country especially when it comes to life threatening criminal offences. Take it into your own hands if you can I say.

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      • They`re probably never going to do anything thats the sad part... .I want to make people get really passionate enough to demand change and be instrumental in getting that change.... its about time because its coming on our own door steps and happening more often there are cases that go unreported ..... this is not only in rape this happens even in murder cases where the police even has evidence and the killers or killer walks away free.... I got a friend who was murdered years ago .... there was lots of evidence and to this date his killer is still on the loose and police knows who did it well there is enough evidence to have the person charged....

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  15. what a sad situation........there is no justice in St.Lucia that is why people will turn to vigilantism and get it themselves..

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  16. i agree with you my lady but until the laws of saint Lucia pertaining to that crime is changed then nothing can and will be done and the criminals' identity will be with held

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      • what do you mean what am i going to do to get the laws changed? why are you asking me that question do i look like i am in Parliament i only made that statement about the laws because it is a fact and the police and also it has been published many times on sno that due to the nature of the crime the laws prohibits the identities to be revealed so asking me what am i going to do is totally irrelevant and you should be asking the powers that be that

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