A local journalist has been formally charged with rape, reliable sources have confirmed.
The journalist reportedly appeared in the First District Court in Castries today for a bail hearing. However, the magistrate ordered him remanded.
However, St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that the journalist’s lawyer has filed or will file a bail application which may be givena hearing later this week.
The journalist’s name can not be disclosed because local laws meant to protect the privacy and safety of alleged victims of sexual and domestic-related incidents do not permit this, a law enforcement official has said.
The source added that it is believed that identifying an alleged perpetrator in such cases, may aid in revealing the identity of the victim and compromise the victim’s privacy and safety.