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Case dismissed!

Derick Crawford (centre) in conversation with Dr Rachel Turner (right) and British actress Hillary Heath outside the Holetown Magistrates Court yesterday. Crawford’s case of raping Dr Turner was dismissed for want of prosecution. (Picture by Sharon Harding.)

By Barry Alleyne | Fri, December 14, 2012 - 12:11 AM

Double rape accused Derick Crawford is now a free man, but still a very angry man.

And he wants the justice system of Barbados to pay for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

Crawford walked out of the Holetown Magistrates’ Court just before noon yesterday with the burden of a probable 25-year sentence finally lifted off his back.

This was after Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock QC discontinued a case against him on charges of raping two British women just over two years ago.

Both women, researcher Dr Rachel Turner and Diane Davies had been contending for more than a year that it was not Crawford who had raped them in October 2010, and had even hired attorney at law Andrew Pilgrim for his defence.

Prosecutor Station Sergeant Eustace Ifill, acting on instructions from the DPP, withdrew the Crown’s case against Crawford for want of prosecution, noting that a case of that type could not continue if virtual complainants in the matter said the man charged was not who had assaulted them, and were unwilling to testify against the accused.

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Posted by Baje LL 1 year, 10 months ago
I am not certain how long he was in prison for but, however long a time it was this man needs to be compensated for work and time lost (with estimations being based on his type of work/trade), as well as to receive punitive damages so that this type of mistake is not made again by law enforcement and to encourage them to be more careful in their investigations. If he were in the U.S. he would have the governments "rear end," so to speak, in his hands financially bc wrongful imprisonment ain't nuh joke.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 10 months ago
I am hoping that The Commissioner Or Someone delegated to by him can/will meet with those two Ladies, because if they were so adamant that this was not their attacker perhaps they might be able to to at least give some information that might/could lead to the real perpertrator being arrested for these now unresolved Carnal attacks. he is out there somewhere

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
What a threesome!!!!!

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 10 months ago
What a wonderful turn of events from what could have been a major travesty of justice. This is an indication of how wrong police can be in some instances. I applaud these 2 women for standing up for the truth and for financially supporting the accused right to justice. There is some compensation due to this man for disrupting his life. I hope that the true guilty party is found and charged. LB.

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Posted by dirty okra 1 year, 10 months ago
Duh!! It only took a year for you idiots to figure this out. Meanwhile the real rapist is long gone. Good job guys way to serve and protect the innocent.

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Posted by Saint Thomas 1 year, 10 months ago
BBC Radio 4 this evening on its current affairs programme called "PM", broadcast one of the women involved explaing their experience in some detail. The police were described as uncaring, incompetent and indifferent. The average Radio 4 audience in the UK is about 10 million, mostly well educated middle class people. Not good.

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Posted by Alicia Osborne 1 year, 10 months ago
@Baje LL, definitely this man needs to be compensated. I wish him luck. Police force in Barbados need some retraining especially in sensitive cases. Maybe they should watch a few episodes of CSI and see how it can be done.

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Posted by Ann Lewis 1 year, 10 months ago
Will this man be compensated, how said knowing you are locked up for something you didn't do. In England they will have a lot to answer for - just arresting the first man in sight to look like the police are your there work.

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