Police say they have launched three “parallel and simultaneous invetigations” into the controversial backpage Nation newspaper story which was accompanied by a photo of two secondary school students having sex in a classroom.
The probes are expected to be completed next Wednesday.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Crime, Mark Thompson, made the disclosure today in a prepared statement.
Below is his full statement:
The Law enforcement role of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is generally governed by Statute and the Common Law, a fact known by the citizenry.
This knowledge engenders the citizenry with certain expectations relative to how the RBPF would or should attend to their concerns about specific allegations of breaches of the criminal law.
Since the article and photograph, captioned Sex Scene, appeared in the Nation newspaper of October 26, 2013 there has been much debate as to whether there have been breaches of the Criminal Law and the apposite role of the RBPF in the circumstances in which this matter was publicised.
Recognising the public’s keen interest in this matter and its right to know, I wish to confirm that the R.B.P.F has commenced three (3) parallel and simultaneous investigations into the matter that was reported. It is envisaged that these investigations will be completed by Wednesday November 13, 2013.
In focusing the investigation, the RBPF has been guided by four (4) main principles:-
1. The welfare of the children of Barbados;
2. The public’s interest in the administration of criminal justice;
3. The interest of the state in the prosecution of criminal offences; and
4. The dictum of Lord Atkins in the case of Proprietary Article Trade and Association v A.G for Canada 1931 A.C 310, where he said that the criminal quality of an act cannot be discerned by intuition nor can it be discovered by references to any standard but one: is the act prohibited with penal consequence.
These principles have led the R.B.P.F to the conclusion that if and when charges are preferred, the charges should reflect a desire to achieve strategic high order and high value outcomes as opposed to simple outputs.’