“Signed confession after suffocated and beaten by police”
“Rachel Turner, 30, and Diane Davies, 63, are adamant that Derick Crawford, 48, was not the man who attacked them in Barbados.
Mr Crawford said he was overseas at the time of the attacks and signed a confession after he was ‘suffocated and beaten’ by police.
The women and a third British victim, Hillary Heath, have waived their right to anonymity and helped Mr Crawford hire a solicitor.”
… from the Metro story: British rape victims campaign to free their accused attacker
Two rape victims say Barbados Police charged the wrong man
THE EVIDENCE: No DNA testing… only a confession under alleged police torture!
Barbados Police Commissioner Dottin: Welcome to 2012. Nothing can be hidden anymore. Everything is eventual… and everything eventually rises to the cold clear inspection of the public. It’s called ‘the internet’ and it’s forcing news organisations to carry stories they wouldn’t carry before. Once upon a time the threat of removing Barbados tourism advertising was enough to keep the London Times and the New York Times at bay. Now those newspapers and all the others must print stories because to not cover the news would be too obvious.
Besides… this is one juicy story. Caribbean police arrest innocent man to protect the tourism business! No DNA testing! Two victims spend money, time and privacy to fight for an innocent man!
Woaloss! That is one ‘ell of a story!
Yes it is one hell of a story and the world’s news media are taking it up. See, Commissioner Dottin?… we told you so many times that the potential for a publicity disaster was directly related to tourist safety and the professionalism of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
We told you so, and we told the politicians who starved the police budget until the RBPF was 100 officers short and lacked the money to properly train, equip and retain the good officers we have.
Here’s a few from the hundreds of news stories running right now, world wide. Owen Arthur and Freundel Stuart: this is your doing as much as anyone’s.
We could go on for hours listing the news stories, but this should be enough to make our point…
BBC Television: Women defend man accused of raping them in Barbados
BBC Specials: Barbados rapes: Diane Davies defends Derick Crawford
Jamaican Observer: Rape victims defend accused