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November 29, 2012
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Accused rapist offered bail

A resident of Rockfort, St Andrew, who is accused of raping a woman and taking her cellphone, was offered bail in the sum of $120,000 with one or two sureties in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The defendant is charged with larceny by trick, grievous sexual assault and rape and is to return to court on February 7 for a preliminary enquiry.

He was ordered to report to the Rockfort police on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

travel documents

He was also ordered to surrender his travel documents, and a stop order was put in place.

A curfew order was also effected by the court which will take effect between 10 p.m.and 6 a.m. every day.

Defence counsel argued that the defendant and the complainant participated in consensual sexual acts.

Afterwards, the complainant made certain demands of his client but when those requests were not met, she made a report to the police alleging that the defendant coerced her to perform certain sexual acts.

He added that about two or three days later, his client was astounded when it was revealed that he was being sought by police.

He immediately turned himself in to the police.

As it relates to the offence of larceny by trick, the attorney argued that the complainant voluntarily gave his client her cellphone and asked him to charge it for her.

However, the Crown is alleging that the phone was swindled from the complainant.

In securing bail, defence counsel told the presiding resident magistrate that his client is gainfully employed and is solely responsible for his two childern.

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