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July 11, 2014
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Cop on rape charge remanded

Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A policeman accused of beating the aunt of a teenager he is accused of raping was remanded when he appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

He is Constable Andrew Thomas, 28, from the Morant Bay Police Station in St Thomas.

When the matter came up in court, Thomas' lawyer made a strenuous bail application which was denied by the court. He was subsequently ordered remanded until July 29, 2014, when the matter again will be mentioned.

liquid substance

The policeman's appearance in court arose from an incident in St Catherine where he was said to have sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl who is reportedly the niece of his common-law wife.

The child reportedly related her ordeal to her aunt and the accused lured the woman to a section of Eltham in St Catherine where he was said to have beaten her.

Reports are that three tyres were placed over her and then he threw a liquid substance all over the tyres.

He reportedly struck a lighter and attempted to set her ablaze, however, she was spared after begging him to spare her.

A subsequent report was made followed by an investigation and a ruling was handed down by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions that he be charged with rape and attempted murder.

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