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Posted: Friday 10 February, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Police PRO confirms university rape case before court

Police PRO Sergeant Stephen Hector
By: Stanford Conway,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – POLICE Press and Public Relations Officer, Sergeant (SGT) Stephen Hector has confirmed the arrest and charge of the man who allegedly had non-consensual with a fellow student at a university on St. Kitts.


    This morning (Feb. 10), SKNVibes received a press release within states that “the recent article in a local internet news source is cause for concern based on certain statements allegedly made by the sources of the article.


    “The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force responded to an allegation of non-consensual sexual contact between two university students. The victim and the suspect knew each other and there were conflicting stories”.


    SGT Hector noted that the police followed the prescribed procedures for allegations of non-consensual sexual contact and investigations resulted in the arrest of a fellow university student.


    “The case was placed before the judicial system and bail was granted; that seems to be the source of contention of the article. Contrary to internet publications, the university had no influence on the case, and the police cannot tell the courts what to do. The police acted within the scope of their authority and placed the matter before the courts,” Hector said in the release.


    He reiterated the police’s stance on crime and violence and declared that the crime rate for January 2012 has significantly dropped when compared with the same period in 2011.


    “Let it be known, and it has been demonstrated that the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force takes the fight against crime in the Federation very seriously and continues the very rigorous campaign against crime and violence.


    “This fight against crime continues to regain the trust of the community and has yielded a 32% drop in crime in January 2012, compared to January 2011,” the release stated.


    It further stated that Commissioner Walwyn “is grateful to the community for their continued support of the men and women of the Royal St. Christopher and nevis Police Force as the fight continues in the dedicated efforts to retake our streets of the Federation making St. Kitts and Nevis a safer place to live and visit”.


    In an exclusive interview, a 17-year-old American student, who attends one of the universities on St. Kitts, told this publication that she was raped on the night of Sunday, January 29, 2012 by a fellow student with whom she was acquainted and that she was seeking justice.


    The victim accused her local guardian, provided by the university, of attempting to influence the course of justice after the matter was reported to the police.


    She also accused the institution’s head of security of wanting her to drop the charges against the alleged perpetrator whom she described as light skinned, from another Caribbean island, strong and is two semesters away from being a doctor.


    Her allegations of staff interference were however flatly denied by one of the university’s administrators, who noted that no one from the university had in any way tried to alter the course of justice in this matter.


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