“We did have some convictions of child abuse but some of them didn’t reach conviction because we didn’t have the resources to do proper investigations. The police weren’t equipped enough, they didn’t have all the tools that were necessary. People were actually brought to court but once they were before the judge the case got thrown out on technical points,” the island’s former head of public health and social services, Ivy Ellick, was quoted as saying by newspaper The Telegraph.
Ellick said she had informed the British government in 2002 about sexual abuse cases on the island and the inability of local police to deal with them because of limited resources. She stated that several alleged pedophiles escaped with fines of 50 pounds ($75).
The investigation was launched only in 2014, after information was made public by British social workers who worked on the island in 2013. The Foreign Office and local authorities might be charged for covering up the cases, The Telegraph reported.
St. Helena has been administered by the United Kingdom since 1834. Its governor is appointed by the UK Foreign Office.