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Police received 13 allegations of drink-spiking during 2018

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THIRTEEN allegations were made to the States police last year by people who believed their drink had been spiked.

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The 13 reports were made in March, August and October and are the only incidents that have been reported to the force since January 2013, according to a freedom of information response.

The offence to ‘administer drugs to obtain intercourse’ is considered in cases where drink-spiking is suspected. However, if no evidence of a drug – which may not be detectable after 12 to 24 hours – is found, and the events go on to include a sexual assault, this is likely to be the charge.

Urine and blood samples taken from the alleged victims did not detect the presence of Rohypnol or GHB – powerful sedatives that have a reputation as ‘date rape’ drugs – the response adds.

‘Consequently, no cases have resulted in any evidence of such “drink-spiking” and no criminal proceedings have been commenced for this specific offence,’ the response says.

‘In two of the 2018 cases, inquiries into alleged sexual assault have been completed with no charges being brought. Alcohol was detected in all cases.’

The States police are now urging drinkers to be vigilant of suspicious behaviour on a night out.

In a statement, the force said: ‘While it has not been possible to bring any prosecutions in this area thus far, the States of Jersey Police would remind everyone of the need to be cautious and aware when drinking from open vessels in the night-time economy.

‘Intelligence would suggest that, from time to time, drugs such as these may have been circulating in Jersey and patrons are therefore reminded not to leave their drinks unattended and to be on the look-out for any such suspicious behaviour.’

Krysta Eaves

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