Truck driver walks free of rape charge

A rape case involving a 38-year-old truck driver was dismissed in the No 1 District “A” Magistrate’s Court Thursday.

In the 2013 matter, a St James man who was on $5,000 bail, was accused of having sexual intercourse with his niece who was under 16 at the time.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick sent the accused man on his way after the court was informed that the virtual complainant had left the island and
had no intention of returning.

9 Responses to Truck driver walks free of rape charge

  1. Michelle Barber
    Michelle Barber June 24, 2016 at 5:27 am

    How sad, free not because he has proved his innocence, but because the victim couldn’t take it anymore. Sadly not the first case and won’t be the last

  2. Alex Alleyne June 24, 2016 at 5:56 am

    A matter as serious as this should not have been thrown by the wayside just like that. Can this case not carry on even though the other party is not on the Island .I know of some cases where one person will be in, lets say New York and the other in Boston.

  3. Donna June 24, 2016 at 8:09 am

    How wonderful for him! And how terrible for the rest of us!

  4. Randolph June 24, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Alex it doesn’t work like that.The virtual complainant is the only one who can tell the court that she was raped.Even with the virtual complainant present,it is difficult to prove rape

    • Lizzy June 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      The fact that she was under 16 is sufficient for prosecution because according to the law she could not give consent. All that needs to be proven is that he committed the act.

  5. BoboTheClown June 24, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Imagine that young woman having to live with the constant thought of being raped by her Uncle .Maybe for her ,getting out of the Country offered her some relief from what would have been an extremely stressful and painfully embarrasing situation.
    Imagine facing friends and family ,some of who would want to doubt your story?
    The justice system it would seem had no other choice than to dismiss any charges. Maybe ,just maybe there is a judge that will never dismiss such actions. We all know who he is ,Don’t we?

  6. Yogi Ni June 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Everyone here is assuming this man is guilty. I don’t know if he is innocent or guilty. What if this girl was lying? And knew that it would come out in court. I think any man that really rape a woman should have his balls and Dick cut out, especially those men who drug women and then have sex with them.

  7. miche June 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    He s not as free as you think,,,,Firstly,,he must face an unforgiving ,finger pointing public,,secondly,,, Himself….No matter how hard he fight,he can’t defeat his conscience,,,and finally,and most important,,, there is a day coming, when every secret thing will be revealed,BE IT GOOD OR EVIL

  8. Veronica June 26, 2016 at 6:39 am

    The wheels of justice grind really slow in Barbados – I’m sure that case took so long to come up and is the reason y, thst by the time it came up – the victim was long gone.
    I had a foster child who was rape when she was 6 (that’s how I got her), and the prelim hearing came up when she was 9 and the High Court hearing when she was 13. In the interest of the child – who had got loads of therapy (at my insistence and had recovered from the ordeal), she didn’t want to relive that experience and I dropped the case!


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