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Cops did their job!

Cops did their job! Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin. (Picture by Shaka Mayers.)

By RICKY JORDAN | Sat, December 29, 2012 - 12:10 AM

IN SPITE of the globally publicized judicial decision to free the man previously charged with raping two British visitors who had insisted he was the wrong man, the Royal Barbados Police Force is also adamant that it investigated the case thoroughly.

Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin said yesterday that the force had reviewed all related files and “there’s really nothing that would keep me awake at night on this matter”.

Recalling the arrest of Derek Crawford in April 2011 for the reported sexual assault of the women six months before, Dottin outlined a number of relevant facts, such as the matter of DNA.

“If you read some reports you would think DNA absolved Mr Crawford in these assaults. This is not the case,” Dottin told journalists at the end-of-year Press conference attended by other police top brass at headquarters on Roebuck Street, The City.


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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
What Mr. Dottin did not tell us, was if there was any DNA taken at all, i suspect that if there was DNA taken, and produced as EVIDENCE there is NO WAY that Mr. Crawford would be walking the streets a free man. i don't know of any Jurisdiction where DNA was Thrown out when used as EVIDENCE in Rape Cases. it is the one and ONLY was of proving without any doubt that the RAPIST was there. there is also the case of weather RAPE KITS are used by the RBPF in these instances, if they were the guy's GOOSE would have been COOKED, Mr. COMMISH!!!This CASE was Handled VERY POORLY. you next MEETING should be with the AG et al to sort out a way of going forward out of this one with SUCCESS
GOOD LUCK and a prosperous and bountiful 2013

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Posted by John Da Silva 1 year, 9 months ago
This man has attended the Freundel Stuart School of Public Relations. First Class honours.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 9 months ago
Give it a rest, Commissioner! The victims said Crawford is not the man who raped them; the DPP submitted that he's unable to proceed with the case, and the court dismissed it.

Crawford is now a free man after spending several months on remand at Dodds. Justice has run its course, whether you agree with the outcome or not.

The commissioner should be more worried about any legal action Crawford might take against the police for their apparent blunder, rather than try to convict him outside the courts and further tarnish his already damaged character.

instead of exerting so much energy on Crawford, the commissioner should turn his attention to other unsolved crimes and building the morale of the Force.

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Posted by Tony Trotman 1 year, 9 months ago
The press conference was an ideal opportunity for Mr Dottin to announce his resignation.

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