Saturday 20 July, 2019

Businessman remanded after changing guilty plea to raping a minor

A businessman who changed his guilty plea to raping a minor was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Trelawny Circuit Court on Friday.

The accused, 47-year-old Deon Adams who is of a Trelawny address, was remanded in custody until November when the Trelawny Circuit Court is scheduled to be reconvened.

Allegations are that in 2012, Adams, who was posing as a taxi operator, picked up a 12-year-old girl who was on her way to school, and reportedly drove to a remote area in the parish, where he held the minor at knife point and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

Two years later he was arrested and charged after he was spotted by the minor, who pointed him out to a family member of hers.

The accused maintained his innocence for some time, but last week pleaded guilty after the release of DNA test results.

However, during his sentencing hearing on Wednesday, the accused told the court that it was his lawyer who advised him to plead guilty.

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