Antigua PM Calls For Swift Justice Following Sexual Assault Of Top Senator

Hardbeatnews, ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mon. Oct. 31, 2005: As Antigua’s President of the Senate, Hazlyn Mason Francis, recovers from a brutal sexual assault, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer is calling for swift justice against Francis’ assailant.

Senator Francis, was reportedly raped and robbed in the wee hours of Friday morning, Oct. 28, by an unidentified intruder who entered her home while she was asleep. Police continue to hunt for the attacker as Spencer called the attack “a tragedy of unspeakable proportions.”

“The country has received the news of Senator Francis’ trauma with shock and disgust,” he stated. “My heart goes out to my friend and parliamentary colleague over the terror that intruded into her home and into her life this morning. The atrocity inflicted upon Senator Francis shames and defiles our entire nation.”

But the PM expressed confidence that law enforcement officers will move swiftly and work around the clock to bring the perpetrator to justice.

He also called upon anyone with information about the attacker to assist police.

Antigua’s Ministers, Dr. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro and Sen. Joanne Massiah reacted with “outrage and consternation” over the news, saying the assault is “a clear indication of the callousness and mean-spiritedness that has engulfed some members of our society.”

Meanwhile, the Senator is reportedly out of hospital and recuperating. –