The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ruled that no criminal proceedings can commence into an alleged incident involving two tourists at an all-inclusive resort in Negril in July of this year. The alleged incident was reported to the Negril Police.
Reports are that on July 5, 2018, a South African national residing in the United States of America who was visiting the island with her employers, made a report to the Negril Police about an alleged incident involving another guest who is also a foreign national at the resort. The woman’s employers reportedly noticed marks on her neck and reported the matter to the Negril Police. The female employee then reported that she had a drink with a man and subsequently woke up and found herself sitting in a shower on the property.
According to the police, investigators from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) “conducted an investigation and administered all the requisite processes; investigators collected and submitted evidence for forensic analysis, which also comprised of toxicology analysis.” In addition, closed circuit television surveillance footage was also collected and analysed. Statements were collected by the investigators and the completed file was submitted to the Office of the DPP.
The ruling from the DPP’s office points out that the complainant did not outline in her statement that any assault on her person occurred and she did not make a formal report of any sexual assault. The toxicology report did not reveal anything of note. The ODDP ruled that the theory of the complainant being drugged is not sustainable. Hence, the ODDP has indicated that these factors combined would defeat any possible prosecutions.
On the basis of the ruling, the investigation was suspended pending any new evidentiary material that may arise.
In their statement issued Thursday afternoon, the police said “visitor safety and security remains a top priority of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). JCF continues to bolster its commitment and responsiveness to the security needs of visitors, by collaborating with international partners and hoteliers to deliver a series of training focused on sexual assault committed against visitors.”
By: Franklin McKnight