Thursday 29 October, 2020

Senior cop gets bail on abduction, rape charges involving 16-year-old

A 33-year-old police sergeant, Christopher Bennett, was on Friday offered bail in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on rape and abduction charges.

Allegations are that on June 17, 2019, the policeman who was then stationed in the Denham Town Police Station in West Kingston, offered a 16-year-old girl a ride from the station and, against her will, took her to the Palisadoes main road in East Kingston, where he sexually assaulted her.

A report was later made to the police and after a probe, Bennett was arrested and charged.

In applying for bail in court, his lawyer, Peter Champagnie, urged the presiding judge to consider that Bennett, in a formal interview in June, denied the allegations, and from then had been aware of the possibility that he would be charged, but made himself readily available to the authorities.

Champagnie, while being careful not to disclose the identity of the complainant, contended that the complainant had frequently been visiting the police station for no security-related purpose, which he cited especially in light of her age.

The accused policeman was offered bail in the sum of $300,000.

He is to return to court on November 29, 2019.

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