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Bail denied

COURT TODAY BLOCKOnce again an attorney’s bail application on behalf of Jamal Jarrel Thomas has been denied.

However, Magistrate Douglas Frederick told the prosecutor that the court would “feel much more comfortable” if he ascertained the status of the file related to the five charges which Thomas faces, by finding out how far from or close it is to completion.

The 23-year-old is accused of the indictable offences of raping a 14-year-old girl, assaulting her, knowingly having pornography in a computer system for the purpose of publication, that he published that 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 of the offences allegedly occurred between November 1, 2014 and June 29 this year.

In his bail application today, attorney-at-law Dr Waldo Waldron-Ramsay QC said that although he “would have to concede that there are serious charges,” he also said, “at the end of the day he [Thomas] could be found not guilty”.

“Justice and jurisprudence” should prevail, the attorney said.

“If he is found not guilty what does he get? Nothing . . . meanwhile he is suffering,” the lawyer said.

When the accused first attended court, the prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that there was a fear that Thomas would interfere with the girl if given bail; the prosecution also asked the court to take note of the dates of the alleged rape on June 20 and the assault, which is said to have taken place five days later.

Thomas’ cases will again come before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on November 24.

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