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Rape suspects offered bail

KINGSTON – The two brothers implicated in the September 24 rapes of five females in Irwin Point, St. James, will return to court next month to facilitate a DNA analysis relating to the case.

The men, Kerron Brissett and Sheldon Brissett, appeared before the Western Regional Gun Court yesterday on charges of wounding with intent and illegal possession of firearm. They were each offered bail in the sum of $200,000.

Attorney-at-law Lambert Johnson, who represents the men, revealed that his clients have volunteered to supply DNA samples for analysis as a part of their defence.

“They were brought before the court on charges of illegal possession of firearm and wounding with intent,” said Johnson. “They were offered $200,000 bail because their identification parade did not match. The persons were described as being light-skinned and having a scar in the face.”

DNA results pending

In regards to the rape charges, the attorney said the application for bail was postponed as the presiding magistrate is said to be awaiting the results of blood samples taken for DNA analysis.

“In respect to the matter relating to the rape of the five females, the application for bail was postponed as they (the Brissett brothers) have volunteered to give blood samples for DNA analysis,” stated Johnson. “So the judge wishes to have the benefit of analysis before the bail is considered.”

The men, who have been in custody since they were arrested and charged in the case, are scheduled to return to court on December 13.

Reports are that, on the night of September 24, the two men abducted five females, including an eight-year-old girl, from their home in Irwin Point, and raped them in an open lot close to their home. The eight-year-old was hospitalised on account of her ordeal.

Following investigations by detectives drawn from western Jamaica and Kingston, the brothers were arrested and charged on October 4.

The incident sparked a national outcry and protests against sexual violence, including condemnation from Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, the Office of the Children’s Advocate, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs and several non-government organisations. (Gleaner)

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