St. Vincent PM named in another sexual assault case

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, March 28, 2008 – Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves is still battling one rape accusation, but a second charge has now been levelled against him by another woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her four years ago.

The St. Vincent leader has been summoned to appear before the country’s Family Court in another two-and-a-half weeks in relation to this latest accusation.

Kay Bacchus-Browne, an attorney representing the woman, has confirmed that the matter was filed on March 13 and Dr Gonsalves is expected to be in the court on April 14.

The lawyer who is also part of the legal team for a female police officer who accused the prime minister of sexually assaulting and raping her at his official residence in January, said that the matter had still not been resolved.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Colin Williams had thrown the charge out, saying there was not sufficient evidence to take the matter before the court. That decision was upheld by a High Court judge, but Bacchus-Browne revealed that the attorneys had sought leave to appeal the ruling.

They said they intended to exhaust all legal processes in the matter, taking it as far as the Privy Council or the International Court of Justice if necessary.