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Alleged rapist refused bail

COURT TODAY BLOCKA man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and engaging in child pornography, was remanded when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today.

Jamal Jarrel Thomas, of Apartment 5, 6th Avenue Club Morgan, Christ Church, was not required to plead to any of the five indictable charges which were read to him.

He is accused of raping the girl on June 15 this year and assaulting her five days later.

Further, the 23-year-old is charged with knowingly having pornography in a computer system for the purpose of publication, that he published the pornography by circulating it through a computer system and used a computer to send an electronic communication which was obscene and intended to cause distress to the complainant.

All the offences allegedly occurred between November 1, 2014 and June 29 this year.

Included in the prosecutor’s objection to bail, was the fear that Thomas would interfere with the girl and that she, as well as society, needed to be protected from the accused.

Station Sergeant Neville Watson also informed the court that the situation was somewhat volatile and the accused himself needed to be protected.

The prosecutor added that the seriousness of the allegations “cannot be underscored”, as he asked the court to take note of the dates of the alleged offences. He also said that even though he could not “go into the evidence” the bench needed “to have regard” for the compelling evidence recovered by the police.

In responding, attorney-at-law Adonica Spence stressed that her client has a fixed place of abode, was 23 years old and gainfully employed as a carpenter and painter. She added that the accused has no previous convictions and was involved in his community through his participation in football.

“As the court is well aware, an accused person is entitled to bail . . . The test is whether it is probable that he will appear to stand trial. No substantial grounds have been advanced by the prosecution to say that the accused will not appear or will interfere with witnesses.”

Spence urged the court to impose reporting conditions or warnings for the accused to stay away from the complainant, especially since his trial might not be anytime soon.

Magistrate Frederick concluded that “a wall is not built by one brick” but, taken all together, it would be best if Thomas were remanded at this time, particularly in the face of the “hostility in the (girl’s) community right now”.

In relation to the dates of the allegations, the magistrate felt that they showed that “the conduct is graduating”.

“Remanding you in custody might allay hostilities and cause people to have a different view over time.”

The accused was remanded and the case adjourned until August 4.    

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