Three St. Patrick’s residents are facing a joint rape charge following an unfortunate incident that occurred at an undisclosed location somewhere in the vicinity of Snell Hall in St. Patrick’s on Carnival Sunday (August 13).
The three – Akim Olive, 30, of Sauteurs, Eyssent Joseph,27, of River Sallie and Maxin Roberts,24, from the village of La Taste – were arrested in connection to the alleged gang raping a 12-year-old girl.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the three were granted $40, 000 bail with 2 sureties at the Sauteurs Police Station by Magistrate Karen Noel, who presides over the Sauteurs Magistrates’ Court.
It is understood that the three men, who have retained criminal defense attorney Peter David, were due to appear before the St. George’s Magistrate’s Court, because the court in their jurisdiction was not sitting.
However, a decision was taken to have them transported back up to Sauteurs, where the necessary bail arrangements were made.
THE NEW TODAY understands that one of the rape accused is the brother of reigning Soca Monarch, Jalon “Boyzie” Olive.
The Grenada Association of Professional Social Workers (GAPSW) has issued the following statement on the alleged rape of the 12-year old:
“The Grenada Association of Professional Social Workers (GAPSW) is outraged by the recent rape of a twelve-year old girl by three older men.\Over the years there has been an increase in sex crimes in Grenada, as shown by the number of cases that come before the courts, and once again, this incident highlights the high prevalence of sex crimes in our society against minors.
Sex crimes are heinous crimes they leave long lasting scars and without appropriate treatment the pain can be too much to bear. This can often result in serious psychological problems in adulthood, such as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome which means our society also pays a heavy price.
GAPSW is appealing to the Justice System to treat sex crimes seriously and apply more appropriate penalties. In so doing they would be sending a strong message that sex crimes will not be tolerated and the perpetrators will be dealt with by the full force of the law and the judicial system.
As a society, we also need to acknowledge that crimes of this nature are too common in our communities and GAPSW implores you to stand with us in condemning these crimes.
If we acknowledge that these crimes are too common we also have to accept that we all must do more to protect our children.
As an association, we will continue to support agencies working to protect our nation’s children and, once again, we call for a multi-disciplinary approach to child protection issues which constitutes good practice across the region.
GAPSW’s thoughts are with the child and her family during this difficult period”.