With sexual offenses being of major concern on the island, the New Year has recorded its first incident of rape.
The incident happened on January 1 against a 23-year old woman of Mardigras, St. George’s.
According to a release from the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), two males, Wayne Hyacinth, a 46-year old Bus Driver, and 50-year old Regis Mapp, a maintenance worker both residing at Morne Delice in St. David were jointly charged following a report that was made to the police.
Hyacinth and Mapp have been granted bail in the sum of $20,000.00 with two sureties each, and are due to appear in court at a later date.
A reliable source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper the young woman who was walking along the Parade public road received a ride from a car in which the men were the sole occupants.
The source who spoke on condition of not being identified said the young woman asked the driver of the vehicle to drop her off at Perdmontemps, St. David’s but he refused and took her instead to Fort Jeudy where they both had sex with her.
The maximum penalty for rape is 30 years imprisonment.
Statistics provided to this newspaper by the Criminal Records Office of the RGPF show that from January to October 2012 there were 24 cases of rape, 78 cases of incest, defilement of a female, 43, and indecent assault 77.
From among the 25 sexual offenses that were on the cause list for the October 2012 Criminal Assizes, there were 12 cases of rape.
According to Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Howard Pinnock this is the most he has seen in any Criminal Assizes in the island in years.