Indecent assault and abduction trial called off

The trial of a West Bay man accused of abducting a woman and forcing her to perform oral sex on him was called off Monday when the prosecution offered no evidence, stating that the complainant did not wish to proceed with the case.

According to court documents, the woman alleged that in the November 2017 incident, while she was walking along a road in West Bay, she was approached by the defendant.

She said he grabbed her by the head and forced her down a path and into his house where she said she was ordered to remove her clothes and the assault occurred.

The week-long jury trial was expected to begin in the Grand Court on Monday, but after the Crown offered no evidence, the trial was called off and the man was discharged.

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