Repairman pleads not guilty to gross indecency with child

An air-conditioning repairman accused of gross indecency with a child pleaded not guilty in Summary Court on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to two charges. He is accused of committing an act of gross indecency against a 5-year-old girl at her home on Sept. 10.

Defense attorney Laurence Aiolfi asked Magistrate Grace Donalds for permission to come off record as the defendant’s legal representative. He noted that the Grand Court had indicated that the case ought to get a listing as soon as possible.

An earlier Grand Court hearing was an application for bail, which was refused, and the defendant appeared in court on Tuesday via video link from Northward Prison.

Questioned by the magistrate, he said he had spoken to another attorney about representing him.

Crown counsel Neil Kumar suggested that a case management hearing be set with the defendant’s attorney present before a trial date is set.

The magistrate put the matter over until Oct. 22. She told the defendant, “It’s crucial you make contact with whoever is going to represent you.”

When the matter first came to court, the presiding magistrate was told that the alleged offenses occurred when the defendant was in the child’s bedroom making repairs to an air conditioner. The child entered the room to change clothes and was asked to play a game, during which the child was allegedly molested.

Immediately after the incident, the girl told an adult what had happened and the adult told the girl’s mother, who phoned police. The man has been in custody since then.