Four rape accused freed through absence of witnesses

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FOUR rape accused on Monday, December 02, 2019, walked out of the Demerara High Court free men, after witnesses, in their matters, could not be located.

On Monday, four matters were called before Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall, who directed a 12-member mixed jury to return a formal not-guilty verdict for each defendant.
The matters were: Ken Bess for rape of a child under 16 years; Kenneth Skeete for carnal knowledge of a girl between 15 and 16 years; Joel Damon who is slapped with three counts of incest by male and Dhanraj Baldeo called ‘Alvin’ who was indicted for buggery and the indecent assault of another male.

The prosecutors informed the court that witnesses in the matters could not be located; hence the judge’s directive to the jury to return the formal not-guilty verdict.
The judge’s directive resulted in the four men being freed of their respective charges.