Police will review investigation

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service expects to begin an internal review into a rape investigation that came under harsh criticism last month from a Grand Court justice.

A spokesperson for the police service said Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis is assessing the matter and determining who will conduct the review. Further details are expected to be released later.

The case in question involved 30-year-old Craig Damian Dilbert, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of a January 2005 rape.

Dilbert was accused of breaking into the home of his victim through a window, assaulting her, and tying her hands behind her back. Crown prosecutors said the victim was raped twice and threatened with death if she went to the police.

The only evidence linking Dilbert to the crime was a DNA sample found on the victim.

Justice Priya Levers said in court that the police investigation needed to be looked into because of the way some of the evidence at the crime scene had been handled.

After the sentencing, a senior police inspector also commented that some of the police work had been sloppy.

‘The management of criminal investigations has fundamentally changed since 2005 and the RCIPS is continually striving to improve its professionalism,’ Chief Inspector Peter Kennett was quoted as saying in a written statement issued last month by the department.

During the trial testimony it was revealed that the officer in charge of the investigation had drawn a sketch of the inside of the house where the rape occurred. The drawing noted a trail of dirt with what appeared to be shoe prints, but the officer did not ask that those be photographed. The officer taking photographs said he did not see the impressions left by the shoes in the dirt.

Further testimony revealed that blood on the floor of the home had not been swabbed; that a wet patch in the home had not been swabbed, that hairs were recovered at the scene but no one asked for them to be analysed; and that scuff marks on the victim’s bed, which were referred to during the trial had not been photographed.

Mr. Kennett said the judge’s criticism would be taken seriously by the RCIPS and that lessons would be learned.