Following an investigation into the alleged robbery and rape of a 26-year-old woman by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), one of four implicated constables has been charged with multiple offences.
Per the ruling issued by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Constable Alwayne Hill was charged with corruptly soliciting and simple larceny, forcible abduction, grievous sexual assault, and rape. Hill and three of his colleagues were taken into custody after a female motorist reported the incident to the Santa Cruz Police Station.
Arrangements were made for the woman to receive a medical examination after the report, and an investigation was launched by the JCF’s Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau.
According to the woman’s statements, she was driving along Crawford main road in a car with a demonstration licence plate at around 10:00 p.m. on January 30. She was stopped by officers who were manning a checkpoint and offered them $7000 to avoid getting a ticket, but they allegedly demanded $50,000.
They reportedly brought her to Black River to withdraw the requested amount from an ATM, but she was unsuccessful.
The woman was allegedly told to drive to a nearby supermarket by one of the officers, and she was carried to the back of the building, where Hill raped her and then threatened to kill her if she reported the incident. Hill reportedly used her debit card to purchase multiple items.
Hill remains in police custody, but the other three officers who were apprehended have since been released. The officer’s court appearance date will be decided on Wednesday.