Rape accused to face new trial

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Leslie Castello

RAPE accused Leslie Castello, will have to face a new trial, after a 12-member jury failed to reach a verdict on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Castello was on trial before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Sexual Offences Court of the High Court, Georgetown, accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, twice, in 2014.

The two indictments alleged that, between November 1 and 30, 2014, in the county of Demerara, he engaged, twice, in sexual penetration of a girl child under the age of 16 years.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was represented by attorney-at-law Folio Richards.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict for the indictments which resulted in Castello having to be retried at the next practical sitting of the Demerara Assizes. He will remain on bail.
In June 2018, Castello made his first court appearance before Justice Barlow for the indictments which ended after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. A retrial was ordered.
According to reports, one day while the victim was walking home from school, she was allegedly attacked by Castello who grabbed her and took her into a secluded place. He reportedly raped her twice and then made good his escape.