Jury frees two men of rape
Two men charged with raping a 17-year-old girl were freed in the Home Circuit Court after a seven-member jury returned a formal not guilty verdict last Thursday.
Freed are Barrington Thompson, a 35-year-old security guard, and 34-year-old technician, Damion Rose. Both are from St Andrew addresses.
The trial lasted for seven days. After the trial was concluded, the matter was put to the jury of five women and two men, who returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty.
The Crown led evidence that, in October 2007, Thompson and Rose took turns raping the complainant at a house. She is said to have reported the matter to the police four days later.
An investigation was launched. They were subsequently charged with rape.
The men were represented by attorneys-at-law Courtney Maxwell and Robert Armstrong.