Man charged with rape, gross indecency with child

A 26-year-old man accused of two counts of rape and six counts of gross indecency with a child is scheduled to appear in Grand Court on Friday following his appearance in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Michell Anderson Gambao-Garcia is charged following incidents in late 2014 involving a 15-year-old female.

Details of the charges indicate that the offenses occurred during two different sets of dates. Some were in a car and some at a specified residence.

Crown counsel Eleanor Fargin told Magistrate Grace Donalds that Garcia is currently in custody on other matters, but she asked that he also be remanded on these charges. She said the Grand Court would take the matter on Friday.

Rape can be dealt with only in the Grand Court, while gross indecency can be dealt with in either Summary Court or Grand Court. Since the charges are related, the magistrate transmitted all of them together.

Attorney Lee Halliday-Davis appeared for Garcia. She did not make any applications on his behalf.