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Bahamas: Alleged rape on Inagua involved defense force marines

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The man accused of raping a 31-year-old female officer of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) marine is also a marine, according to the RBDF Commodore Raymond King, who said he has handed over the matter to the police force to be fully investigated in the interest of transparency.

In an interview with Eyewitness News today, King indicated the marine accused is believed to be between the age of 30 and 34.

When asked whether the incident took place on the defense force base in Matthew Town, the commodore advised he did not wish to “bias the police investigation and I would deal and allow the police to submit those particulars forthwith to the public”.

“It is most unfortunate I was advised over the weekend by the captain of the southern command that an alleged incident of rape between two members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was lodged,” he said.

“The matter was turned over immediately to the Royal Bahamas Police Force for investigation. Those persons will be extracted from HMBS Matthew Town once police would have finished with their initial investigations in Inagua.

“I have spoken with the commissioner of police and we will allow the police force to deal with that matter. Those sorts of acts are unacceptable, alleged albeit, unacceptable.

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