No protocol for how police should transport victims and accused – Assistant Commish
Assistant Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer says there is no protocol in the Jamaica Constabulary Force that prevents police officers from transporting a victim and an accused person in the same vehicle.
However, he says as far as is practicable, this should not happen.
ACP Wray was responding to concerns that a suspect and a 14-year-old rape victim were both transported from the crime scene in Portmore to the Waterford Police Station on Sunday evening.
ACP Palmer, says the inspectorate is conducting a full investigation into the incident and will seek to determine if the 14-year-old was transported in the same vehicle as the accused.
It’s reported that the 14-year-old girl was on her way home in the Maxfield Avenue area of St Andrew when she was held at knife point by two men and taken to Portmore where she was assaulted.
After being released by the rapists, the child went to the Waterford Police Station.
She directed the police to the crime scene where they picked up a suspect and transported him to the station in the same vehicle as the 14-year-old victim.
The suspect escaped as he was entering the station.
He is yet to be recaptured.