Saturday 25 January, 2020

Businessman freed of rape allegedly committed at ‘Back Road’ hotel

A seven-member jury on Wednesday returned a verdict of not guilty in the rape trial of businessman Pu John Zeng.

The businessman was accused of rape by a former female employee, but the jury in the St Catherine Circuit Court did not see things her way.

The not guilty verdict followed a three-day trial.

The allegations were that last September, Zeng and the complainant visited a hotel along Port Henderson Road, more popularly known as ‘Back Road’, in Portmore, St Catherine, where he had sex with her against her will.

The businessman then reportedly offered his former worker $8,000 and told her to keep quiet about the matter. However, the complainant subsequently made a report at the Denham Town Police Station in Kingston.

In his defence, Zeng denied the allegations and accused the woman of trying to extort money from him.

He said he and the complainant agreed to go to the hotel. He said they agreed to have sex, after which she would be given money by him.

The businessman said he offered the complainant $8,000, but she began complaining that it wasn't enough and demanded more.

Zeng said when her demand was not met, she reported to the police that he had raped her.

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