Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Deportee remanded on rape charges

A former policeman has been charged with two counts of Rape that allegedly occurred three days before he left the island in 2007.

Leron David Blackman,36, of Bush Hall, St Michael arrived on island Tuesday, December 5, 2017, after being deported, and was taken into custody.

He is charged with having sexual intercourse with two underage females on May 22, 2007.

The prosecutor objected to bail based on a  number of grounds. He said the offence was of a serious nature, enforcing the point that both girls were juveniles.

He also informed the court that Blackman left the jurisdiction three days after the alleged offences occurred and came into custody yesterday after he was deported from the USA.

The Crown said they feared he would abscond and not attend court when called to.

Attorney-at-law for the accused, Rasheed Belgrave said his client was deported on a temporary passport as he had no travel documents.

However, in his bail application, he informed the court that Blackman had no previous convictions and intended to stay at a residence in St Michael.

He suggested that certain bail conditions be imposed.

However, Blackman was remanded in custody until January 3, 2018.

Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant presided over the matter.