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RCIPS Allowed Child Abuser To Go Unpunished!

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To: Her Excellency The Governor

We, the undersigned persons, are appalled by recent court revelations of complete case management failures by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service ("RCIPS") in the handling of an alleged child abuse case.

It is alleged by the Court that the RCIPS were so incredibly grossly negligent in the handling of this investigation that the accused persons had to be let free by the learned judge as a direct result of their negligence.

According to Justice Owens their failures included, but were not limited to:

  • inexplicable and inexcusable delays
  • failure to interview relevant potential witnesses
  • loss of important notes

These failures are so fundamental in the handling of all investigative cases, but in particular, appalling for persons supposedly professionally trained to handle sensitive sexual abuse cases that there should be no other ultimate response but the lawful dismissal of responsible staff.

We are therefore asking for a public enquiry to be conducted into the actions and failures of the RCIPS as partially outlined by Justice Owens.

WE also ask for a review of why the mother of the child in question who physically chastised the child for reporting the abuse has not been criminally charged pursuant to the mandatory reporting requirements of the Children's Law (2012 Revision).

WE also fully support HM Governor's Office convening a special committee to review the necessity of a specialized Child Sexual Abuse Commissioner whose sole responsibility it is to independently oversee all aspects of child abuse allegations through all stages, with its paramount objective being the overall protection and well being of the victim in all instances.

WE further ask for a review of the necessity for a Sex Offender Registry managed by this commissioner or other government authority further to a petition submitted in 2010 - which has so far been ignored by all political parties.

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