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Jan 17, 2012

Finally charges for sexual assault of 4 year old

Cheryl-Lynn Vidal

It was shocking news back in September 2011, when the allegation was made that a four year old girl had allegedly been raped by someone she knew who had picked her up at school. The mother of the victim took the unprecedented step, asking to appear on camera hoping for justice for the despicable crime committed on her young daughter. Well, an arrest is now imminent as instructed by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (D.P.P.). But the charge won’t be for rape. A detailed report by the D.P.P., Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, squarely puts the blame on the police.  In fact she trashes the press officer for the delay and the number of blunders committed in the case.

Fitzroy Yearwood

But first, an ID parade is pending before charges are made and we will not broadcast the name of the alleged suspect because of the relationship with the child’s family.  The D.P.P. statement starts with the stunning revelation that to date no statement has been recorded and that given what was disclosed to the media and the medical and forensic evidence, she was cautious in relation to what charges, if any, would be laid. Vidal writes that despite repeated oral and written requests, it was only this past Monday that she was able to view the recording of the four year old that was made to the police back in September 2011. Today, she issued a directive that the suspect be arrested for the offence of aggravated assault.

The blunders involve erroneous reporting by the “recently promoted Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood” to the mother of the victim and the media. Yearwood’s reporting, she describes as riddled with misinformation. In another stunning revelation, Vidal says that the victim did not complain that anyone had sexual intercourse with her and that in fact the medical findings are consistent with what was said by the four year old. Furthermore, the medical evidence does not support that there may have been prior or repeated abuse or that the child was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease.  The supposed DNA testing that was going to be done was not pursued. The D.P.P. also takes umbrage to an interview by the police press officer in which he said that the victim identified various possible suspects when only one name was called by the victim. The D.P.P. also believes that the mother was left with inaccurate information when she was already traumatized. She writes, “It is a travesty that I was only able to be fully apprised of the evidence available to the Prosecution almost four months after the fact. I can offer no reasonable explanation for the delay by the investigator. If a statement had been recorded, or the recording provided in a manner in which I could have accessed it, this directive would have been given a long time ago.”

Back on September twenty-second, the allegation was made that the primary school girl had been raped. The story took wings and the details were provided by the police along with statements from the mother. Some of that information is now being disputed by the D.P.P.

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5 Responses for “Finally charges for sexual assault of 4 year old”

  1. CEO says:

    I guess the hands of justice soes move slow but I hope justice comes soon!

    Will police officers ever get the necessary training to stay uptodate with the changing crimes? And YES they should only be promoted by the results of a meaninfull exam and not by the PM.

  2. shy says:

    Corruption of the police department at its highest it is unbelievable to the extents that they would go to lie so much to cover up for the child molester.

  3. justic says:

    I think that first of all there should be one person apointed and trained in the police force so when you go to make a calim or complain it is set and written right. with the person signiture so that can be of prove. I think police officer need to be trained how to conduct and write documents. because i have seen when some office is writting mmh my five year old can do a better job …and if anything goes wrong the one person apointed will be no other but to be blame for such mistakes…
    thank you

  4. Analyst says:

    Who is the alleged PERPETRATOR related to???? the journalists in belize need to stay with a story..

  5. RedBwai says:

    Hmmm…seems as though the mother and the child’s credibility is at stake here…we all know how the laws in Belize work….nothing will come of this…no one will be punished…no evidence will be found, no witnesses, no recorded testimony from victim and to make it worse… the botched investigation by the police department certainly wont help..sad. The DPP can only do so much but at the end of the day they still get the blame instead of the incompetent police department. Like i always say…the laws in Belize are there to protect the criminals…its seems they have all the rights…it serves no justice to the victims of crime…who seem to have no right at all..even to justice itself…

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