(NEWS SOURCE GUYANA) – Four months after a Diamond Housing Scheme Pastor was charged with the rape of one of his congregation members, he was on Thursday committed to stand before a jury in the High Court.
City Magistrate Leron Daly ruled that she has found enough evidence to commit the man to stand trial.
The self-proclaimed Bishop, Joseph Persaud stood before the Magistrate throughout his hearing.
The Magistrate based her decision on the evidence that was put forward by the Police Prosecutor.
During his first court appearance, the Court was told that during the month of October, 2017 the “man of God” engaged in sexual activity with a 22-year-old woman without her consent.
Persuad, however, secured bail in the sum of $350,000 with the condition that he remains 50 feet away from the victim. He also had to lodge his passport.
The woman claimed that she turned to the Pastor for counseling and he started to make sexual advances towards her. But one night during a dinner meeting, it is alleged that the man forced himself on his church member and raped her.
There are reports that the two actually shared a relationship but the Pastor refused to end it.