Crown alleges rape of young boy

Charges sent to Grand Court

A man facing two counts each of rape and indecent assault on a young boy had the charges against him transmitted to Grand Court after he appeared in Summary Court earlier this week.

The alleged victim in all four charges was between 4 and 6 years old at the time of the offenses, when the defendant was aged between 14 and 16. The defendant is now an adult.

Defense attorney Prathna Bodden asked that the defendant not be named in any media reports because the relationship between the parties would make the young boy’s identity obvious.

Magistrate Valdis Foldats issued an order prohibiting the publication of any information that would lead to the identity of the complainant.

The charges arose from incidents that were said to have occurred over a 22-month period.

The defendant was bailed to appear in Grand Court next month. Conditions of his bail include surrender of passport, residence at a specified address and no unaccompanied access to young people.