Rape Accusations Against Belize City Attorney Await DPP Directives, Condemnation Mounts for Victim-Shaming Video
Investigators are yet to lay charges against the Belize City attorney accused of rape. The delay is reportedly due to the pending directives from the Director of Public Prosecutions. It’s been almost a week since two women filed reports against the accused, who they say had sex with them against their will at his Belize City home. The matter has gained much public attention and resulted in Hot off the Press, a purported media page, publishing a video that sought to victim shame and scorn the women. Since its release, many have condemned the actions of the media page, which is connected to the accused. Today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams shared his sentiments on the video and responded to whether it can be classified as intimidation.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “The file is still with the Director of Public Prosecution. She had requested the police to do some further work. Those work is being done and once those are completed they will be sent back to her and hopefully we get a final determination from the DPP in respect to that matter. But I must condemn what I saw on Hot off the Press where the video was taken from Thirsties and I don’t understand why would Thirsty’s give the video footage to anybody but that’s a matter for them. But I don’t think that Hot off the Press should have done what they did and again as a society we must condemn those kinds of actions because truth be told the video footage that is shown there does not go to prove or disprove nothing but rather it was an effort merely as far as I can see to smear the character of the women in that particular instance. Rape are matters that are heard by a jury so if it is that the attorney is to be charged and the matter goes before the court it is going to be heard by a jury. I don’t know if those potential jurors would be influenced by what they may have seen in the public discourse that’s a matter yet to be seen so I cannot say.”
Williams also responded to whether he should have recused himself from the investigation given his perceived personal relationship with the accused.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I have nothing to do with the investigation. The investigators recorded the statements, they communicated with the DPP and as I’ve said before the matter is for the DPP I’m not going to be the one to determine if or not the attorney got charged and I don’t know why you will say you have a personal relationship, I have been attacked numerous occasions by that attorney.”
Reporter: But then you make up back sometimes.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I am a forgiving human being. Just like how your director always attacks me but he is my friend right ?”
Reporter: You don’t think you yourself went too far in sharing too many details of that case in particular ?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I don’t think so. There are certain things that the public needs to know and again you people from the media can be so hypocritical at times you know ? If I had said to you all I will not share nothing you would be the first to say “Oh the police is trying to cover up something.” Now you all seek an interview, we gave you what we can and now you’re saying we went too far. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t when you people are concerned.”