St. Lucia police said a British tourist was “sexually assaulted over the course of last week” by a local man and that they vow to get to the bottom of the matter because the island depends on tourism, The Daily Mail (UK) newspaper has reported.
The suspect, believed to be in his 20’s, was arrested at a residence in the north of the island on Saturday afternoon, March 31, 2018 on suspicion of raping a British woman the day before, St. Lucia News Online had reported.
In a report published today, April 5, 2018, the Daily Mail quoted an unnamed “local police spokesman” on the case.
“I can tell you that a visitor from the UK was sexually assaulted over the course of last week. We have taken someone into custody and we are continuing with investigations into this criminal matter. We are waiting to hear both sides of the story before charges can be brought,” the police source was quoted as saying.
The Mail reports that the female visitor was “dragged through bushes” and “repeatedly raped” in Gros Islet, and it is not known whether she was staying with family or in a nearby hotel.
According to the Mail, the police have promised to “leave no stones unturned” and to investigate the matter.
“The RSLPF will get to the bottom of this. We need to as our country depends on tourism. We cannot afford to have incidents like this happening on our doorstep,” the spokesman was quoted as saying by the Mail.
Other British publications, The Mirror and The Sun, have also reported on the incident.