Pastor on rape charge granted bail
A minister of religion, who allegedly raped and threatened a 16-year-old girl, was granted bail in the sum of $500,000 when he appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court today.
In applying for bail, the accused's lawyer, Oswest Senior-Smith, told the court his client denied any involvement in the matter.
The lawyer told the court that allegations were brought against his client by relatives of the complainant.
He said that he understand the serious nature of the offence, but he wants mercy to be extended to his client.
The lawyer also said the accused is not a flight risk and has always maintained his innocence.
Bail was granted on condition that the accused reports twice weekly to the Ewarton police and reappear in court on October 4.
Allegation are that two times in July 2016 the accused raped the 16-year-old complainant while doing construction work on the family house.
A report was then made to the Ewarton police in St Catherine.
An investigation was launched in the matter which resulted in the clergyman being charged with two counts of rape.