Man claims he was tricked into having sex with 12-y-o child
A man, who claimed he was tricked into having sex with a 12-year-old ward of the state, is set to stand trial in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 29.
The accused, who is a 21-year-old student from Liguanea, St Andrew, pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, and abduction of a child under 16, when he appeared in court yesterday.
Barnett told the court that the child lied to him about her age to get him to have sex with her.
"Mi upset about it enuh. A you me leff fi judge me Your Honour. This girl told me she is 18 years old. Me neva know she run weh from [state] homes, and all dem things deh enuh," he pleaded.
Parish Judge Maxine Ellis, who was presiding over the case, quizzed the investigating officer about the child's physical appearance.
The officer admitted that the child was "big in body", but noted that her facial features reflected her true age.
The judge chided the accused man, noting that a mature physical appearance does not mean the person if of age.
Barnett was again reprimanded by the judge when the court heard that he had uttered expletives to a police officer, while waiting in the holding cell. However, he denied the allegations saying, "Mi neva tell him fi go s**k him mother, Your Honour!"
Judge Ellis told the accused that she would pardon the expletives, as the officers did not write up a report on it, and she understands that he might be overly frustrated.
She offered him $50,000 bail, with surety, on condition that he reports to the Matilda's Corner Police Station every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and he is to cease all contact with the child.