RAPE accused Dexter McIntosh will have to stand a new trial after a 12-member jury failed to reach a verdict on Wednesday.
McIntosh, a 37-year-old mini-bus driver, was on trial before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Sexual Offences Court of the High Court, Georgetown, accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in January 2015.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was represented by attorney-at-law Clyde Forde.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict for the indictment which resulted in McIntosh having to be retried at the next practical sitting of the Demerara Assizes and will remain on bail.
According to reports, the victim would frequently travel to school with McIntosh.
McIntosh reportedly went to the victim’s home and grabbed her while she was outside. He then took her to an abandoned house and had sex with her.
The girl’s father noticed that she was missing and went looking for her; while he was calling out for her McIntosh was seen running away.
The father gave chase and could not catch him. The matter was reported to the police and McIntosh was arrested.