Rape cases on the rise in Hanover and Westmoreland
Incidents of rape in Police Area One, which covers western Jamaica, have increased over the corresponding period last year.
The Hanover and Westmoreland police divisions are responsible for 34 of the 59 cases of rape committed from January 1 to August 11, while the Trelawny and St James divisions have seen declines, compared to last year.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Andrew Nish, acting superintendent for the Hanover Police Division, said one of the chief perpetrators responsible for the hike in rape is dead.
"He (Andre 'Dedo' Lions) was before the court and while on bail, he attempted another rape in Negril, Westmoreland, where he was mobbed and killed by citizens," he told the WESTERN STAR. "Now that the main perpetrator of these crimes is no longer in the picture, we should be able to curb the incidents of rape in the parish supported by our ongoing operations, coupled with our sensitisation programmes throughout the community."
VERY HIGH LEVELS
According to data provided by the Corporate Communications Unit, as at August 11 this year, eight cases of rape have been recorded in Hanover, six more than the same period last year.
Westmoreland, which is reportedly experiencing very high levels of physical and sexual abuse cases against children, has 26 such cases being reported to the police, three more than the corresponding period the previous year.
Trelawny is celebrating a 73 per cent drop with only four cases so far, five cases were reported last year.
St James, which has been operating under an ongoing state of public emergency since January 18, has seen 21 cases of rape since the start of the year, four less than in 2017 at the same period.