Low Levels of Rape Convictions in Portland


There are concerns this morning about the low rate of rape convictions in the parish of Portland.

According to Head of the Portland Police Division Superintendent Oberlene Smith Whyte, there have been 41 cases of rape before the courts in the last three years, but only one person has been convicted.

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Superintendent Whyte says rape remains one of the biggest problems in Portland. She says the high level of non-convictions is largely due to sympathetic jurors.

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Superintendent Whyte says there are also other factors contributing to the high level of non-convictions.

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Meanwhile, she says there must be a greater reliance on forensic science to make successful convictions.

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In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.