If you don’t listen to day time talk shows its likely that you have never heard of Cindy Williams. That’s Because her case has not been covered by any of the major news papers or Radio News or Television News stations.
This case is disturbing on so many levels. It has implications about our police force, our judicial system, how we treat victims of crime and women in our society.
I first heard about Cindy Williams last week when a co-worker was listening to Lincoln Bain’s The New Nation “Action”(as oppose to “Talk”)Show. What i heard was so disturbing to me i was ready to organize a protest march myself.
Details are somewhat sketchy but here’s what i have learned;
Cindy Williams Saga Began in 2007 when she reported her Rape to the Police in Grand Bahama;
- She was treated with no sensitivity by police because she was not “beaten up”
- She was questioned in front of the man accused, he could have lifted his hand and touched her
- This is apparently the policy of the police? please correct me if i’m wrong…
- The Alleged Rapist received “Police” bail. This is where the officer in charge at the station (above the rank of Sargent) releases the accused with no money paid and orders to return to the station on a particular date. Normally for serious offenses such as rape the accused has to go before the courts
- The preliminary hearing was delayed several times because the accused failed to appear
- No bench warrant was issued for his arrest
- The rape victim received threatening text messages
- Evidence was collected from BTC and given to police. The evidence is now “Lost”
- The alleged rapist harassed the victim on her job on several occasions
- The alleged rapist admitted to the harassment before the courts.
- The magistrate concluded that 4 visits to the accused job was not “sufficient” evidence to revoke bail
- The preliminary hearing was held 3 years after the charges were filed
- DNA evidence has still not be processed
- Crime scene photos have still not been developed
What I’ve written so far is incredible in and of itself and you would think that this is the whole story. But no there is more, even more disturbing stuff to come.
This is also a good point to let you know that the alleged rapist is the Grandson of a Powerful Political figure.
Now on to further details of this sordid affair
- Rape Victim Cindy Williams attempted to gain publicity for her plight by coming to Nassau and appearing on popular shows Citizen’s Review with Erin Ferguson and The New Nation with Lincoln Bain
- 1 hour after her return to Grand Bahama she was pulled over by two police officers
- She was allegedly sexually assaulted by the two officers and threatened with death “if she didnt stop making trouble” with a deadly weapon
- She made a complaint of the assault and threat to the police
- No Identification parade was undertaken despite the fact that she reported that she could clearly identify one of the officers. There are only twelve CDU officer on Grand Bahama
- No protection was offered to the victim despite the assualt and threats
Like i said earlier this whole sordid affair is wrong on so many levels. Its obvious that the case was not conducted in a professional manner either by the police or the magistrate. And since the accused is the grandson of a powerful political figure, we can only conclude that that was the reason.
Secondly, She was sexually assaulted and received death threats from the very people who were suppose to protect her. This is a rape victim, reporting the crime, being given the run around by the system, then being raped again and having her life threatened.
There is something seriously wrong with our system if this is allowed to stand. At the very least the two officers should be suspended pending an investigation. Even if this woman was “known” to police, there are certain procedures that should be carried out and obviously this was not the case.
We often hear incidents of police corruption and incompetence described as the acts of “a few bad apples”. I will dispute this. I don’t think it is a few bad apples that are the cause, but a culture that allows this type of behavior to go unpunished.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all police are corrupt, just that if they wanted to be the culture that exists in the RBPF would allow them to do so. This is not unique to the RBPF. It has been observed in police forces all over the world.
The only way to combat corruption is to change the police culture. Make the correction procedures more transparent. Placing investigations of police officers under the authority of an independent body would be an excellent start.
Then maybe we can begin dealing with the regular criminals.
— Straight Talk – –