Sunday 13 October, 2019

Mechanic cleared of carnally abusing his secretary when she was 12

A case against a 52-year-old mechanic of a Kingston address, who was accused of molesting his stepdaughter over a three-year period, beginning from the child was age 12 years, ended in a unanimous not guilty verdict in the Home Circuit Court on Monday.

Oneil Bennett was alleged to have committed the act of carnal abuse between 2007 and 2010.

However, the matter was noticeably not brought to the police’s attention until 2017, after the complainant had reached the age of 22.

The lawyer for the accused, Peter Champagnie, suggested in court that the accusations were fabricated by the alleged victim because she wanted to spite Bennett.

Champagnie suggested that the female worked for the mechanic at his company as a secretary, but she was fired from the job.

Reports are that it was also discovered under cross-examination, that the alleged victim had told lies on her resume about passing certain subjects and having been employed elsewhere, to get the secretarial job.

The accused gave evidence and called as his witnesses, two aunts of the complainant, who testified that their niece had serious behavioural problems.

On those grounds, the accused was found not guilty of carnal abuse after the jury deliberated for just under an hour.

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