Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Church leader on multiple rape charges to spend Christmas in jail

The man the police identified as a church leader who has been charged with seven counts of rape, is to spend the Christmas in jail.

The accused, whose true identity has not yet been ascertained, was remanded in police custody when he appeared in the Hanover Parish Court on Thursday.

A bail application was made on behalf of the accused who goes by the names, Ricardo Palmer, Oneil Palmer and Phillip Scott. But the application was rejected by the presiding parish judge, particularly because investigators stated that the case was still being probed.

The matter is set be mentioned again on January 20, 2020.

The police reported that the accused man was held on Monday, December 10 by a patrol team that observed him beating a child on Barnes Lane in the Mount Pelier community in Sandy Bay, Hanover.

After conducting follow-up enquiries, the sexual misconduct allegations came to the fore, and detectives from the Hanover arm of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) were called in to bolster the investigative team.

A subsequent probe turned up several allegations of sexual misconduct relating to children in the community. After collecting several statements, the man was charged.

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