In­ci­dence of Rape Con­tin­ues to Shock the Na­tion!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Akid­nap­ping and rape al­legedly oc­curred in Vieux Fort adding to the list of a grow­ing trend in 2016. The in­ci­dent, which is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, is said to have oc­curred on Wed­nes­day March 16 at about 10 p.m. in the area of the Vieux Fort mall.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, a male in­di­vid­ual and his fe­male com­pan­ion were sit­ting in their ve­hi­cle when two armed men rushed up to them and forced the man to drive to Castries.

Once in the city, the man was ap­par­ently tied up and bun­dled into the trunk of the ve­hi­cle. The ve­hi­cle was then driven to a se­cluded area where the woman was raped.

Af­ter the crim­i­nals made their es­cape, the woman is be­lieved to have let her male com­pan­ion out of the trunk of the ve­hi­cle.

Mean­while police are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of the rape of a young woman at Piat on March 24.

The in­ci­dent is said to have oc­curred at about 10:30 a.m. in the pres­ence of the young woman’s one-year-old child.

On Good Fri­day there was an al­leged rape at­tempt on a sixty-year-old woman in the com­mu­nity of Saltibus.

The vic­tim re­called that at about 5:30 p.m. she was head­ing home from the hair­dresser with the in­ten­tion of go­ing to church later. A man, she said, jumped out of the bushes and at­tempted to drag her into un­der­growth near a build­ing that serves as a church. Ac­cord­ing to her, an­other man was lurk­ing in the bushes.

She re­called strug­gling with her as­sailant and fall­ing to the ground when she no­ticed a ve­hi­cle ap­proach­ing. She says she cried out for help and the ve­hi­cle stopped.

The al­leged per­per­tra­tors are said to have been ap­pre­hended and tied up be­fore the police were called.

In re­cent months there have been a num­ber of bru­tal sex­ual at­tacks on women here, prompt­ing the prime min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia to con­clude that there is a se­rial rapist on the loose.

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