Domestic violence on St Helena: six arrests in three months

St Helena Police dealt with seven incidents of domestic violence in the space of three months between August and November 2012. One of the people arrested was a woman. The cases have all been detailed in the island’s weekly crime bulletin.  Reports by DETECTIVE SERGEANT CLARENCE ROBERTS Monday 13 August 2012: During the early hours, police […]

Charity chief rejects criticism of report that sparked scandal

Experts at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation have expressed surprise at the Wass Inquiry’s finding that sex abuse on St Helena is very limited. “It is typically the case that… reported cases are but the tip of the iceberg,” says the abuse charity’s director of research, Donald Findlater. “The inquiry panel appears not to even acknowledge this […]

Daily Mail tricked into printing lurid stories based on ‘compromised’ abuse report, finds Wass

The Daily Mail was duped into publishing lurid articles that “unwittingly gave a totally misleading and distorted view” of St Helena, the Wass Inquiry has found. It says social work manager Claire Gannon leaked a report on abuse to the paper to lend weight to her allegations of corruption and cover-ups. But it also said the […]

New safeguarding boss promises action and support for victims

A new Safeguarding body on St Helena is already reported to be bringing new concerns to light, two months after it was set up to protect people from abuse and violence. A specialist detective now works solely on sex and domestic violence cases, and two new protection officers are helping to improve the management of offenders. […]

Incest and violence ‘not uncommon’ says 1990s governor

Problems with sex abuse and domestic violence on St Helena were acknowledged in print by a former governor more than a decade before the issue became an international scandal. David Smallman’s brief mention of the issue shows action was being taken against at least some offenders – but it does not undermine allegations made in […]

April’s degree will help solve island’s social ills

University graduate April Lawrence will be returning to Half Tree Hollow in October 2013 with skills that could be used to tackle social problems on St Helena. She has been awarded a strong 2:1 degree in Sociology and Psychology by the University of Portsmouth. Her studies included modules on childhood, youth and social problems, crime […]

Sandy Bay: man arrested for domestic assault

Police have reported a domestic violence incident that took place only days before a weekend of events to highlight the issue on St Helena. It happened on Monday 19 November 2012 in the Sandy Bay area. Detective Sergeant Clarence Roberts said: “One male person was arrested for causing a breach of the peace and detained in custody.  […]

Saints say No to violence at home

Growing numbers of people on St Helena are seeking help after being attacked in their homes. And on the last weekend of November 2012, men and women on the island were asked to wear white ribbons to show their opposition to domestic violence. A coffee morning and a vigil were organised to help spell out the […]

Jamestown vandal strikes in daylight

Police are investigating after a car was vandalised in the museum car park in Jamestown on 31 August 2012. The weekly crime report says: “Deliberate scratch damage was caused to all the panels on the nearside of the car, resulting in extensive damage.” The incident happened during the day. Officers also dealt with an assault […]

UK offers to help reduce offenders’ risk to island society

St Helena and other Overseas Territories are being offered help to deal with criminals who need specialist treatment to manage their behaviour – including sex offenders. The UK government’s White Paper says smaller territories often lack facilities to treat people who need such help, though it does not say whether this is the case for […]