Attempted rape case begins in Grand Court

A woman who alleged she fought off her boss as he tried to rape her gave evidence Tuesday before a Grand Court jury.

The woman, a Jamaican national, said shortly after she arrived in Cayman in June 2018, she was employed as a janitor with a local cleaning company.

The jury heard that on 3 Sept. 2018, the owner of the company took the woman to a private residence to clean the home.

While she was cleaning, the woman said, her boss reminded her that her permit had expired.

“He told me that he wasn’t going to just renew my permit for free,” said the woman. “He told me this isn’t how Cayman is run, and he asked me what I can I do for myself.”

She told the court she wasn’t sure what he meant and offered to contribute to the cost of her permit. “He told me it that would be easier if I just give him some [sex],” she said.

The court heard she ignored her boss and went back to cleaning, but when she looked up, he had begun to undress himself.

“He had a condom in his hand and was taking off his pants,” she said. “I tried to leave, but while leaving, he grabbed me, threw me on the bed and tried to take off my pants.”

The woman said she fought back and prevented him from removing her trousers. She said she was able to get away, and her employer warned her he would not renew her permit.

The man has been charged with one count of attempted rape and one count of indecent assault. He denied the charges.

The trial continues Wednesday.

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