Man cleared of attempted rape charges

A man accused of attempted rape and indecent assault was acquitted by a Grand Court jury on Friday.

The complainant was employed as a cleaner in the defendant’s janitorial company.

She alleged that on 3 Sept. she was assigned to clean a home in Prospect. The court heard that while there, the defendant demanded sex as payment before he would renew her permit. She told the court that when she refused, the man pushed her on a bed and tried to rape her.

The second charge of indecent assault was in relation to a separate allegation by the same woman. She said prior to the attempted rape matter, the defendant indecently assaulted her in a bathroom. The jury heard that after the alleged attempted rape incident the woman decided to come forward.

The defendant took to the stand and denied the allegations. He told the jury he knew that the woman’s permit was due to expire, but that he wasn’t the person who dealt with permit renewals.

The week-long trial concluded on Friday afternoon, with not guilty verdicts to both charges.