A driver was remanded to Dodds prison this afternoon after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old schoolgirl on September 19, 2007.
It took the nine-member jury about 30 minutes to arrive at the verdict against Berkeley Anthony Brathwaite, of No. 51 Rices, St Philip, after hearing evidence, presented over two days, by the victim, her mother and three police officers.
However, with the court still to decide what his final fate will be, Brathwaite’s attorney Steve Gollop today argued that his client was a fit and proper candidate to continue bail, as he had not infringed his conditions for the past 11 years.
Gollop even suggested that additional conditions could be attached to Brathwaite’s bail, such as reporting to a police station and handing over his passport to the authorities.
The attorney also informed the court that Brathwaite was self-employed and had one dependent. Therefore, to place him “on remand right now will disrupt that relationship and his business,” the defence attorney argued, in appealing for his client’s release.
However, Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale countered, pointing out that Brathwaite was no longer an accused, but a convicted man, and as such the “table has turned”.
“He has been convicted of a very serious offence which carries [a term of] imprisonment,” the prosecutor said.
Following those submissions, Justice Randall Worrell requested that Brathwaite’s surety attends court on March 23 when both sides are due to make fresh submissions on bail.
In the meantime, a pre sentencing report has been ordered on Brathwaite, who was 44 years old at the time of the offence and who has two previous convictions, dating back to 1992.