Rape charged

A George Town man was remanded in custody after appearing in Summary Court on Friday on a charge of rape.

Crown Counsel Marlene Smith asked for the remand, partly on the basis that investigations were continuing.

The charge was brought after an incident which was alleged to have occurred on 3 February in an isolated area of the Bodden Town district.

Ms Smith said the defendant agreed to give the complainant a lift home from a night club. The woman tried to get out of the car at various points but was unable to do so.

At the site of the incident, the defendant allegedly threatened the woman with a machete. Another indecent act was said to have taken place as well as the rape.

When he dropped her off, he told her not to tell anyone and he would see her the next day. The woman did tell and also had a medical examination. The results were not yet available.

Defence Attorney Lloyd Samson said his client intended to strenuously resist the charge. However, he accepted that little would be achieved by a bail application at this stage and he was prepared to cooperate. Mr. Samson indicated he would seek bail in another week.

Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale set the matter for mention again for Thursday, 17 February.

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