Today the SKNVibes newspaper in St. Kitts reports that a crew member aboard a cruise ship docked in St. Kitts (Port Zante) sexually assaulted a cruise passenger.
You can read the article below.
It's a strange article. The newspaper decided not to name the cruise line or the cruise ship, which is something we see in a few other countries where the local press prefer not to embarrass the cruise lines.
The newspaper also contacted the police department which would not comment whether a rape occurred on the unidentified cruise ship or not.
Earlier this year we named St. Kitts as one of the top 10 most dangerous cruise destinations in the world. We also reported on a sexual assault of a Royal Caribbean cruise passenger during an excursion in St. Kitts two years ago,
The article is below:
" . . . the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is making investigations into an incident of assault that occurred on a cruise vessel which was berthed at Porte Zante yesterday (Jun. 6).
Unconfirmed reports suggest that an act of sexual assault may have been perpetrated against one of the cruise passengers by one of the vessel’s crew members.
SKNVibes understands that the authorities on St. Kitts were made aware of the situation and investigations had begun.
The Police Force’s Press and Public Relations Officer Inspector Lyndon David - when contacted by this publication and questioned about this issue - declared that he could not confirm or deny at that moment.
And he promised to look into the matter."
June 8 2014 Update: A reader pointed out that the Carnival Valor was in port at St. Kitts on June 6 2014.
June 10 2014: The St. Kitts and Nevis Observer reports "Cruise Ship Employee Charged With Rape." This newspaper states that the Carnival Valor was in fact the cruise ship in port (Port Zante). It says that St. Kitts police took a crew member into custody the day of the report of the sexual assault and that the Valor left port later than its scheduled time due to the incident.
The Observer understands the individual was charged with the offense over the weekend following the arrest on a Friday.
Upon questioning the local police would say nothing other than “someone has been charged for an incident.”
The newspaper also says that it is "not known if the alleged offence was committed while the vessel was docked, however the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has jurisdiction to investigate and/or arrest once a crime has been reported in sovereign waters or airspace."
June 15 2014 Update: A radio station in St. Kitts states that the local police in St. Kitts has finally acknowledged that a crew member from the Carnival Valor was arrested on charges of raping a cruise passenger while the cruise ship was in territorial waters of the island. However, the police still refuses to release the alleged assailant's name. The radio station says:
"In St. Kitts and Nevis, the names of persons accused of sexual offenses against minors are not released, however WINN FM is not aware that those charged with offences against adults are withheld by the authorities."
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