UWI Cave Hill Student attacked
Barbados (Daily Nation):
CHIEF OF security at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies, Oral Reid, has confirmed that a Dominican female student was viciously attacked while walking home from the university last Thursday night. Reid said police are investigating.
According to reports, the student was struck in the head with a blunt object, dragged into nearby bushes where she was bound and gagged with duct tape and had her clothing ripped off.
A source added that the student begged her attacker to spare her life and he stole her jewellery and other possessions, threw kerosene oil on her and attempted to set her afire three times unsuccessfully.
However, Reid said the student mentioned nothing about kerosene oil and attempts to set her ablaze. "I had a conversation with the young lady and she indicated there was a substance that was placed on her. However, there was no mention by her of these attempts to light her." He said the campus was "extremely concerned" about the situation.
"It is one of two incidents that were reported off-campus. It is important to note that none of these incidents occurred on the university campus but within a five-mile radius of the campus. I had discussions with the police at Black Rock and District A stations and I am extremely encouraged by their level of response to this development," he said.
He also indicated that members of the West Terrace and Wanstead, St James, communities were on high alert. "Persons have recognised that they have a responsibility to assist the police and their various communities and they, too, have lend their support for the protection of the students ... ."
Reid pointed out that just last week security had met with a representative from the Guild of Students for a security meeting. "We have made a number of plans, [including looking] at how to assist students in terms of moving around the campus day and night."