Tourist Rape Victims continue to press for justice – for them and for the wrongly accused!
Rape victims Dr. Rachel Turner (left) and Diane Davies (right) continue their quest to have the Royal Barbados Police Force re-open their rape cases. The two women were violently attacked in October 2010 while visiting Barbados, and then spent the next two years trying to free the man who was falsely arrested for the crime. Derrick Crawford spent two years in jail before the charges were dropped, despite the protests by the victims that he was not the man. True to form, our professional police force never took DNA samples from the victims, and the innocent man, Derrick Crawford, says most credibly that the police beat his confession out of him. You know, just like usual as people on this rock know.
The Commissioner of Police at the time was Darwin Dottin. BFP had been calling for Dottin’s sacking for years but it was not until June of 2013 that Bajans were finally rid of the man who led the Royal Barbados Police Force into a steep decline in professionalism and public support. Last June, the victims cheered Dottin’s removal…
Mrs Davies told the BBC she was “absolutely delighted” that Commissioner Dottin was no longer in charge.
“He supported the police investigation and turned on us,” said Mrs Davies.
She called on whoever replaces Commissioner Dottin to “reopen the case and find the man who attacked us”.
… from the BBC’s Barbados Rapes: Police Chief Removed
Now the victims are back in the news, having written to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart after Acting Commissioner Tyrone Griffith also refused to re-open the case.
How long will it take on politicians and police to learn that these days, you can’t make difficult or embarrassing happenings go away by ignoring them!
The internet is here. This story won’t go away on it’s own. It will keep coming back because the real rapist remains free and the victims want justice.
TopGear is coming. Watcha gonna do, Commissioner?
March 25, 2013: Was Derek Crawford beaten by police to make him confess to rape?
Jan 17, 2013: An embarrassing moment for Police Commissioner Dottin
Dec 18, 2012: Barbados police need to watch CSI crime shows