Saturday 4 April, 2020

RBPF launch investigation into allegations of neglect from English tourist

As reported by UK publication, The Daily Mail, Helen Najuk, 27, said she was grabbed and almost raped while out jogging in Barbados, but that she was met with “complete indifference” by at the police station, adding that the desk officers “didn’t even stand up from their seats” to ask her if she was alright.

Describing the attack, she said, “I fell to the ground and he started repeatedly kicking me as he tried to pin me down. I had nothing on me of any value and was wearing only running gear, so I believe the motive was sexual. Then, as he grabbed one of my legs, my screams eventually alerted a neighbour who ran out and chased the attacker away.”

The incident reportedly occurred around 7:30 a.m. on January 29 in Holetown.

When she filed the report, police drove her around the area looking for the suspect, but there was no sign of him, reported the Daily Mail. Najuk said she was so frustrated that she left the island without filing a statement, but instead sent it by email after she returned to the UK a day later.

She said, “The island is not as peaceful as the authorities might have you believe. I suffered an extremely traumatic ordeal but the police couldn’t have been less caring.”

Najuk also said she had had no further contact from Barbadian authorities and no arrests have been made.

Following the publication of the Daily Mail article, the RBPF has indicated that an internal investigation will be launched and a statement made in due course. 

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