Sunday 16 February, 2020

JDF soldier freed of gun and sexual assault charges

A 53-year-old Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier with 29 year of service in the army, was on Thursday freed of gun and sexual assault charges in the Supreme Court at the end of a three-day trial.

The allegations against the soldier were that in August of last year, at approximately 10pm in his home in St Catherine, he sexually assaulted a female at gunpoint.

In his defence, the soldier told the court that on the night in question, he did not know that anyone else was at his home, and upon hearing strange sounds in a section of his house, he pulled his firearm to guard against the intruder, only to discover a young woman performing sexual acts on herself inside the house.

He said he recognised the young woman as someone he had seen in the company of his wife before.

In stating that he was angered by what he saw, the soldier said he chastised the young woman and told her that he was going to report her to her mother for her behaviour.

Under cross-examination by his lawyer, Peter Champagnie, the young woman admitted that the soldier did tell her that he was going to report her to her mother, but denied that she was seen performing sexual acts on herself.

In addressing the court on the evidence that was before it, Champagnie submitted that the complainant’s evidence was contradictory, and referred to a number of aspects of her evidence.

After deliberating, the judge found the soldier not guilty on all the charges.

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