Political interference or not? National Cricketer charged with Rape

A charge of rape brought against a national cricketer and primary school teacher has taken on a political flavour.

Denroy Anthony Charles been slapped with a rape charge after allegedly forcing himself on a young woman in his car late last week.

A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the complainant, a female journalist, has a child with the accused.

Charles was remanded to prison when he appeared in court over the weekend to answer the rape and sexual assault charges.

The 31-year-old national T20 cricketer who is from Hermitage, St. Patrick’s will make his next court appearance on August 17.

According to police, Charles allegedly assaulted the woman last Thursday.

He was held for questioning the following day and appeared in court on Saturday and denied bail.

Charles is being held at the Richmond Hill prison. If convicted, he faces as much as 35 years in prison.

The circumstances of his arrest have raised eyebrows in the rural village with some persons pointing an accusing finger at Hamlet Mark, a senior media operative with the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.

Reports circulated that Mark who took the complaint to the police station to file a report is involved in a sexual relationship with the woman and influenced her to take action against Charles.

When approached by THE NEW TODAY, Mark denied any personal relationship with the female journalist who works with Caribupdate, a media entity that he formed many years ago.

He declined further comment on the issue but a source close to him told this newspaper that rumours of a possible Mark involvement in the incident was “mischief of the mob.”

Some angry residents in Charles’ home town have suggested that it is a “set up” and came about due to political involvement.

The allegation is that he used his influence to get Charles charged, however, a female employee at his office said that suggestion is “a whole set of bull.”

“The lady requested a ride to the police station to report the incident and she was granted this favour. What part of that is using influence or a set-up?” said the colleague of Mark.

“There is a lot of wrong information that is going around with this story that is unfortunate for everybody,” she added.

The person who answered the phone call from this newspaper indicated that Mark did not want to talk on the matter since he believes it was not his issue to “inject himself” in the middle of it.

“You appreciate this is hard for everyone because it is about our colleagues, but we are completely missing the point. One is that one of our colleague is a rape victim; the other is another colleague been brought into it all because he was asked to drop one colleague at the station,” said the female voice.

“There is one perpetrator and one accused of a criminal act …and you have named him, and he is in detention and as his right, he will have his day in court. Anything other than that is the mischief of the uninformed mob”, she remarked.

She called on persons engaged in misinformation to get their facts straight before jumping to conclusions and seeking to tarnish people’s reputation.

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