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One arrested in VG rape probe

- rape allegedly occurred at a night spot on Sunday October 4, 2015
Police have arrested, questioned, and released one person in relation to an alleged rape that occurred on Virgin Gorda in the early morning hours of October 4, 2015. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police have arrested, questioned, and released one person in relation to an alleged rape that occurred on Virgin Gorda in the early morning hours of October 4, 2015.

Reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that the incident occurred at a ‎night spot. A woman was said to have been sexually assaulted in the night spot's washroom.

Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Public Relations Officer Ms Diane Drayton confirmed receiving the report and that police are continuing their investigations.

‎"I can confirm that an allegation of rape was made to the police. One man was arrested, interviewed and later discharged. Investigations are ongoing," said Ms Drayton.

Sexual offences continue to be reported

While the RVIPF continues to maintain zero tolerance for acts of domestic and other forms of violence, especially against women and young girls, more cases continue to be reported.

Over the past seven days the police had cause to deal with at least two cases, one which saw a man, Magnus Rickie Latchman, 48, native of St Vincent and Grenadines but residing in East End being charged with Indecent Assault.

This news site learnt that the alleged victim is under sixteen years of age.

The arrest was made after a video surfaced on Facebook allegedly showing Latchman engaging in an indecent act with an underage girl. The video shows at least two other girls involved, one a spectator‎ and the other person behind the camera.

Latchman has since been placed before the Magistrate's Court to answer to the charge.

Recently, an officer of the RVIPF found himself wrapped up in a child sexual abuse case. That officer's identity has been protected by a court order handed down by Magistrate Ayana Baptiste- DaBreo.

Meanwhile, October is being observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, according to Head of the Office of Gender Affairs Ms Lorolie Connor, the theme is ‘You can be the change.’

"And what we are doing this year is we are using males to come out and speak against violence instead of pushing the women forward. We decided to allow the men to take the lead in demonstrating that men can play a very strong part in safeguarding our society from domestic violence,” Ms Connor said.

Victims of any form of violence, including those that are sexual in nature, are encouraged to report same to the police or to a trusted person or organisation that would give the necessary assistance and guidance to justice and counselling.

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