Mauritius Commonwealth Games team leader quits over sexual assault allegations
sexual abuse of 12 boys
David Matthews, 74, has been accused of raping two women – one in the late 1990s and another in the 80’s – The Sun reported. The multi-millionaire businessman has reportedly been charged by French authorities over an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl while South Yorkshire Police are said to be investigating a new allegation of rape from another woman.
The tycoon, father of Pippa’s husband James, 42, and Made in Chelsea star Spencer, 29, denies both allegations. Initially, Matthews was arrested at Paris Orly Airport last Tuesday and charged with raping a minor. Two days later he appeared at the Palais de Justice and given the ‘mis en examen’ status, which is similar to being charged.
He is accused of the “rape of a minor by a person with authority over his victim.” If convicted, the crime carries a 15-year sentence. However, his family says he has been “set up,” just months after his financier son James married Kate Middleton’s sister.
Kate Middleton’s husband Prince William is second in line to the throne. Matthews, a self-made millionaire, went from being the son of a coal miner in Rotherham to building a second-hand car empire, to earning millions and owning a £5,000-a-night hotel on St Barts. The alleged rape took place on the island. However, friends have been quoted as suggesting this is part of a “revenge plot.”
Last year, the woman told the French Brigade for the Protection of Minors she was raped in 1998 in St Barts. She was 15 and Matthews was in his 50s at the time of the reported assault.
The same woman said she was then assaulted a year later in Paris. The woman, now 35 and living in Britain, told police she had initially blamed herself for the attacks, which left her feeling “shocked and disgusted.” Matthews denies both accusations.
A spokesman for Mr. Matthews, represented by the Queen’s solicitors Farrer & Co, said: “David Matthews categorically denies the allegation and unequivocally contests the untrue and scandalous accusation.”
Now, the former apprentice mechanic has been accused of rape by another woman in the UK. South Yorkshire Police refused to comment on the second accusation yesterday.
Cases of Child Sexual Abuse in the national Capital have increased by almost 1,784 per cent, says the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in its report of 2016. This means that every day, four minor children have been reported to be sexually assaulted or harassed.
As per the latest data on Child Sexual Abuse cases which are registered under the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012, in 2015, from January 1 till December 31, Delhi reported 86 cases of Child Sexual Abuse while in 2016, in the same time period, 1620 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in the city. Around 85 per cent of cases of sexual abuse take place inside homes or slums or at places known to the victims. In 38.89 per cent of the cases, the accused are relatives, the data indicates.
That just 39% of the accused are relatives, in all probability, means that the majority of cases of CSA are still not being reported. These numbers are liable to get much worse, before they get better, if that is possible.
A senior Delhi Police officer said that the rise in the registration of POCSO cases is due to widespread awareness among the public, there is an increase in the reporting of cases.
Talking about the loopholes in the cases registered under the POCSO Act, a senior police officer told The Pioneer, “Although the case is registered, it takes a long time to establish the role of the accused."
This loophole thus gives time to the accused to convince the family of the victim to withdraw their charges.” The officer said that almost 90% of POCSO cases have both the victim and accused belonging to the same community or colony.
Accordingly, as per the study conducted by the Delhi Police in 2016, 84% of child rapes took place in houses or in slum clusters where the accused were known to the victim, and 39% of the crimes were found to involve the friends of the victims. The National Crime Records Bureau data of the same year showed that on average, only 61% of sexual cases were reported by economically disadvantaged groups. The data also recorded that 71 rape victims were aged below six years, while 806 were in the age group of 18-30.