Savagery in Spanish Town
Gunmen rape eight-month pregnant woman
Rasbert Turner & Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writers
An eight-month pregnant woman was gang-raped, robbed and threatened inside her home in Spanish Town, St Catherine, early yesterday morning.
Reports are that the 20-year-old woman was at her house in Johnson Pen when six men barged into the premises. They robbed a neighbour's house of several items, including a DVD player, shoes, jewellery and other items.
Three of the men then pushed their way into the woman's house, forcing her common-law husband, her stepchildren and her son to lie on the ground.
They criminals then forced the pregnant woman into a bathroom where they raped her mercilessly while threatening her. She was taken to hospital where she was treated and released. Doctors also indicated that her baby was not harmed.
"The men wanted to rape my 10-year-old stepdaughter but two of them said she was too young so they left her," the distraught woman told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday.
She said she tried calling the police immediately after the men left but was unable to get through.
POOR RESPONSE TIME
"Even one hour after they assaulted me they were still in the community before escaping on foot," said the woman, as she accused the police of being tardy in their response.
Other residents took to the streets in protest against the attack and the time that it took the police to respond.
"We think if the police did come quicker then we would catch the boy dem," said one protester.
"Instead, the police dem wait until the boy dem escape before dem come," added the resident.
The protesters used stones and other debris to block a section of St John's Road in the vicinity of the Johnson Pen community.
They eventually cleared the roadblock after being addressed by senior police personnel, who assured them of a thorough and timely investigation.
The police also promised the residents that a probe will be conducted into their allegations that they were tardy in their response.