(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – A Kingston baker accused of buggering an 11-year-old girl after sexually assaulting her two years ago has been granted bail in the sum of $250,000 in the Home Circuit Court.
The 46-year-old accused, who has been in custody since July 2016, was on Tuesday offered bail on charges of grievous sexual assault, buggery and sexual touching by Justice Andrea Pettigrew-Collins.
Allegations are that in July 2016, on three different days the accused performed oral sex on the complainant.
It is also alleged that he also molested the complainant and buggered her.
Attorney Russell Stewart, during a bail application for the accused, stated that while the allegations against his client are “disturbing and serious”, he was confident that his client will be vindicated when given his day at trial.
The lawyer further submitted that his client completely denied the allegations and = urged the court to consider the ‘admirable’ antecedents of the accused which includes no previous convictions. Russell also pointed out that prior to his client’s arrest, he was gainfully employed at a bakery, was not “being a menace to society, but in his own way was contributing to society and the community where he lives”.
Russell also urged the judge to be reasonable in the sum of the bail bond so that his client could take up the bail offer.
Justice Pettigrew-Collins, after listening to the application, offered bail to the accused on conditions and that he finds an alternative address which has no minors residing at the premises. An alternative address was previously provided which had been verified by the police.
A trial date was then scheduled for January 28, 2019.