Rape victims defend accusedThursday, November 22, 2012
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Two British women who claimed they were raped in Barbados in 2010, have given up their anonymity to say that the man accused of attacking them is innocent.
Rachel Turner, 30, from Hertfordshire, and Diane Davies, 63, of Anglesey, north Wales, were attacked within days of each other in October 2010.
A 47-year-old Barbadian man, Derick Crawford has been charged with the attacks, but the two women have said they are certain he was not the rapist.
Police in Barbados said the "evidence strongly supports" the charge.
However, the two women argued that the officers were more concerned with protecting the tourism industry than finding the real culprit.
Turner and Davies said they are concerned that while the Royal Barbados Police (RBP) continue to support the prosecution of Crawford, the real rapist is free to attack again.
"The person who attacked me was in their early 30's. This person (Mr Crawford) is 47 and has a scar on his face, features that are completely different," Turner insisted.
Mrs Davies added: "The attacker was at least 10 years younger than this man. He was taller, chubbier and had a round face. He (Mr Crawford) is nothing like him."
The pair, along with a third British woman, Hilary Heath, who was also raped while in Barbados in 2004 have paid for an attorney to represent Crawford.
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