St Michael man accused of assaulting minor

courtA 24-year-old St Michael man, accused of indecently assaulting a six-year-old girl, was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital in Black Rock, St Michael yesterday.

Kadeem Kemar Bartlett of Brittons New Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael is accused of committing the act on June 4, 2016.

He was not required to plea to the indictable charge when he made his first appearance in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.

However, in objecting to bail, Acting Station Sergeant Peter Barrow, the police prosecutor, said the nature of the allegation before the court was serious.

The prosecution also expressed fear that if the accused man, who suffered physical injury as a direct result of the alleged assault, returned to the household where the incident allegedly occurred tensions could escalate.

Although Barlett’s attorney argued that provisions would be made to ensure that the accused stayed away from the virtual complainant, Magistrate Graveney Bannister said under the circumstances it was too early for Bartlett to be granted bail.

“We have to determine whether he is fit to plea. We need an assessment,” the magistrate said.

Barlett is to appear before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No. 1 Magistrates’ Court on June 28, 2016.

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