British woman, 58, raped in Tobago after being ambushed while walking on beach of Caribbean island

British woman, 58, raped in Tobago after being ambushed while walking on beach of Caribbean island

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A BRITISH woman has been raped while holidaying on the Caribbean island of Tobago.

The 58-year-old was attacked while walking on a beach in the Black Rock area in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A British woman has been raped while holidaying on the Caribbean island of Tobago. Pictured: The Starfish Hotel, where she had been staying

A 42-year-old man with whom the victim had reportedly been socialising earlier in the evening has been arrested in connection with the incident.

He is reported to be from the neighbourhood of Plymouth.

The victim, a retired engineer from Warwickshire, had reportedly been staying at the nearby Starfish hotel.

She taken to the Scarborough General Hospital where she was medically examined and treated, and was said to be highly traumatised and in a state of shock.

Police said the incident occurred at about 1.30am on Thursday near Courland Bay.

A spokesman for the police In Tobago said: “We are investigating an incident which took place on the local beach in Black Rock yesterday.

“A female Engineer from the UK was sexually assaulted.

“She is visiting the island and was walking on the beach when the incident took place”.

Starfish Ho­tel man­ag­er Leslie Amedee declined to comment on the incident, saying the guest wanted to privacy, but did confirm that the attack had not occurred within the hotel’s compound.

“It did not hap­pen on the ho­tel grounds or in the ho­tel, be­cause we have se­cu­ri­ty pa­trolling the beach with dogs and every­thing, so there’s no way to ac­cess the premis­es,” he said.

To­ba­go Ho­use of As­sem­bly (THA) Chief Sec­re­tary Kelvin Charles said he was saddened to learn of the attack.

“At the THA, we con­tin­ue to work close­ly with the [police] to keep crime and criminal ac­tiv­i­ty at a low in our beau­ti­ful is­land,” Charles said.


“Un­for­tu­nate­ly, we are not exempt from the unsavoury ac­tiv­i­ties of a few but I am al­so con­fi­dent that if we tru­ly band to­geth­er as an is­land and peo­ple, our bright­ness and good­will can over­shad­ow any neg­a­tiv­i­ty.

“I still have faith in the ma­jor­i­ty of peo­ple in To­ba­go and be­lieve that they mean well for our vis­i­tors and would like to see them en­joy all that To­ba­go has to of­fer when they vis­it.”


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