Sexual offenses continue to plague the nation.
In one of the latest offenses committed, Bus Driver Jeffery Spann who operates on the Zone Two (St. George’s to Woburn) Route is accused of committing a sexual act on one of his relatives.
The 52-year old Spann who resides at Springs, St. George’s is accused of penetrating the genital organ of his five-year old niece on December 17th at La Sagesse in St. David’s.
THE NEW TODAY newspaper has been reliably informed that Spann took the young girl away from her home by telling her he is taking her for a ride in the bus, that he drives.
A party of Police Officers from the St. David’s Police Station detained him one day after the alleged incident.
A medical practitioner saw the infant and the police was given the all clear to lay charges.
Spann who was not represented by an attorney at his first court appearance at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court on December 21st for his bail application informed the court that he is in the process of recruiting the services of a lawyer.
Female Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Vah Hercules-Lambert objected to bail being given to the accused due to the nature of the offense.
Sgt. Hercules-Lambert gave the court, presided over by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill, a brief overview of the charge laid on Spann.
The accused was remanded to the Richmond Hill prison by the Chief Magistrate and ordered to appear at the St. David’s Magistrate’s Court on December 30th.
During his appearance at the St. David’s Magistrate’s Court, Spann was once again denied bail by Magistrate Teddy St. Louis who remanded him to prison until January 20th.
During the 2017 budget debate in the Upper House of Parliament, Culture Minister Senator Brenda Hood condemned the actions of the perpetrators of sexual offences against children.
“Incest and child abuse must stop,” Sen. Hood told the Senate.
She recalled that when the Programme for Adolescent Mothers (PAM) was being looked at for the first time a 12-year old girl was raped and gave birth to a twin, and no action was taken against the perpetrator.
The female Government Senator gave her commitment to ensure that something happens to put an end to child abuse which she said is now being reported as the support mechanism is in place.
Sen. Hood informed the Senate that she is aware that Minister of Social Development, Delma Thomas is putting a team together to deal with child abuse.
“It is not right that we have to destroy our young people,” she said.