RAPE accused, Carlyle Williams, will have to undergo a new trial, after a 12-member jury remained hung in its verdict, even after further deliberations, on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
Williams, a 59-year-old of Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden, was on trial before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Sexual Offences Court of the High Court, Georgetown, accused of raping an 11-year-old girl, twice, in 2017.
He is accused of raping the teen on October 14, 2017, at his Blueberry Hill home and again on October 15, 2017.
Williams had pleaded not guilty to the two charges and was on trial.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Ravindra Mohabir while the State was represented by prosecutors Teriq Mohammed and Mandel Moore.
The jury, after more than two hours of deliberation, was unable to reach a verdict in the two indictments. Williams will be retried at the next practical sitting of the Demerara Assizes and will remain on bail.
The Guyana Chronicle was made to understand the victim is known to Williams.
It is alleged that, on October 14, 2017, Williams was in the victim’s bed reading her a bedtime story, when he raped her. The next day, it is alleged that, while the teen was in her room, he went in and raped her a second time.
The child told her mother and the matter was then reported to the police. An investigation was launched and Williams was arrested.