Sex offender returns to court

Convicted sex offender Jeffery Barnes appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, 29 November, to face new charges of rape and aggravated burglary with intent to rape.

The charges stem from incidents which were alleged to have occurred after Barnes’ release from prison following a conviction for rape in the 1990s.

Other charges may be pending against the defendant.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Valdis Foldats told Barnes his matters constituted Category A offences and as such would be committed to the Grand Court.

The defendant is expected to appear in the Grand Court on 9 December.