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May 02, 2017 News
Months after being told that a police investigation into her alleged rape case is being delayed because the file is stuck at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP], a young woman decided to take matters into her own hands.
In so doing, the Crabwood Creek, Berbice resident last week decided to visit the office of the DPP in Georgetown to enquire about the status of the matter. There the woman said that she was informed that the file has not been returned to the DPP office for advice since it was returned to the investigating Police Station in Berbice for additional information. This was since in January.
This development has left the young woman convinced that persons are deliberately attempting to botch the investigation since the allegation of rape is against a rank reportedly still stationed at the Springlands Station. The woman has moreover decided to file a complaint at the DPP’s office and was reportedly given assurance that the matter will be investigated to ascertain the cause for the delay.
This publication was informed by an individual familiar with the case that “there seems to be some confusion…it seems a second statement she [the alleged rape victim] did has created some problem and the DPP office has said the investigation will have to start all over again.”
“From the inception the police were not investigating this matter in the interest of the complainant,” this publication was reliably informed.
In January, the 24-year-old woman had brought her concerns about the matter to the attention of this publication claiming that she was convinced that she was being denied justice.
Even then the woman said that she had filed multiple reports with police claiming that she had been raped, threatened, and had her reputation besmirched by the police rank in question.
The woman yesterday informed this publication that the matter has gone from bad to worse, with the rank getting support from other ranks to molest, in various ways, members of her family, in an attempt to have her drop the case.
The woman claimed she had struck up a relationship with the man without having knowledge that he was married. She claimed she sought to sever ties after months of abuse and learning of his marital status, but recalled that it was then that the man, whose action suggests he is at the least, emotionally unstable, started to threaten to bring harm to her and her family.
The woman had informed that while the Commander of the Division instructed that the matter be investigated, a number of ranks, including a female rank, kept confusing the process. The matter was reported at both the Springlands and New Amsterdam Police Stations.
”I don’t even know what they did with the first statement I gave, because there was this woman police (rank) who kept telling me that I needed to change my statement…she even write what she wanted to write, even when I told her something else. It was as if she was trying to protect this man so that nothing comes of the case. I even told them how he threatened me with a gun several times,” the woman said.
When this publication reached out to the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Springlands Police Station in January, the officer had disclosed that he was aware of the matter. In fact he disclosed that he was stationed at New Amsterdam too when the matter was reported there and was therefore well aware that the file on the matter was sent to the office of the DPP.
”We have investigated the matter and we are awaiting advice from the DPP…we have to wait on that advice,” the officer informed.
But when contacted then, an official at the DPP’s office said that while the file was sent to the DPP’s office it was sent back to police, complete with advice for the matter to be further investigated in order to bring clarity to some aspects of the case.
Added to this, the official at the DPP’s office said, that Police was instructed that once further investigation is completed, the file must be re-sent to the DPP’s office for further advice.
This has not yet been returned to the DPP’s office, this publication was told.
”I don’t know if these people don’t believe me or they don’t think I deserve justice, because since last year I reported this matter and this man just threatening me and my family and spreading awful rumours about me in the community and I just have to take it…no one is helping me and this is not fair to me. I made a mistake, but must I suffer for the rest of my life?” the young woman continues to lament.
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