A 26-year-old man, charged with sexual offences against a minor, has been remanded to prison until April 6.
It is alleged that Kadeem Qumain Hunte, of Rock Hall, St Philip, assaulted the 14-year-old girl on March 9, 11 and 12, occasioning her actual bodily harm.
Hunte is also accused of having sexual intercourse with the teenager on March 6 and 10, either without her consent, or reckless as to whether she consented.
The accused, who did not have legal counsel, was not required to plead to the five indictable charges after they were read out by Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch today.
However, Station Sergeant Peter Barrow objected to Hunte’s bail, based on the nature and seriousness of the offences, his antecedents and the fact that he was already of bail when the offences allegedly occurred.
“The aggravating circumstance is that the complainant is hospitalized and we fear, if granted bail, the accused may interfere with the complainant,” the prosecutor said.
In his application for bail, Hunte had argued, among other things, that “I did not rape nobody”.
However, given that the offences
allegedly occurred within a short space of time involving the same person and the fact that the accused was already on bail, the Chief Magistrate told Hunte: “This does not look good”.
“You will be given all opportunities to defend yourself in the fullness of time,” Birch added before remanding him to jail.