FARMER ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH 13-YEAR-OLD OFF TO DODDS
A 20-year-old man will spend the night behind bars at HMP Dodds in St Philip.
The St John resident is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl sometime between October 24, 2016 and November 16, 2016.
He is also accused of a second offence involving the same girl, which allegedly occurred between October 17, 2016 and November 16, 2016 in the District “C” jurisdiction.
The farmer was not required to plead to the indictable charges when he appeared before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale today.
However, when it came time for bail, Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett told the court that while the charges were merely allegations, it involved the same girl.
“That young person must be protected. If the accused man is granted bail, [the prosecution fears he] will continue on a similar path,” Burnett said, pointing to the fact that the two met via the Internet.
When asked by the magistrate whether he had anything to say in terms of bail, the accused man replied in the negative.
Seale then remanded him to prison to reappear before Acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch tomorrow on the second charge.
“These . . . girls are children and they are protected by the law. . . . At 20 you are a mature man . . .you have to think better than that. When little children come in your face, put them in their place,” Seale said.