43-year-old Earnest Blackman, who is facing 19 indictable counts of indecent assault, has been granted $25, 000 bail by the St. George’s Magistrate’s court last week Friday, after he spent approximately 5 months on remand at the Richmond Hill Prison.
The allegations levelled against the Jean Anglais, St. George resident, dates back to the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 and were reportedly committed against the daughter of his girlfriend, whom he was living with at the time.
Blackman, a mechanic by profession, has retained counsel in the person of criminal attorney-at-law, Peter David to assist him.
Attorney David, whose previous bail application was turned down by the court, reapplied for bail, requesting specific conditions to be set due to a recent death in Blackman’s family.
Chief Magistrate, Her Honor Tamara Gill, who presides over the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court granted bail with 2 sureties on the condition that Blackman reside in Grand Anse Valley at his sister’s house.
The accused was also ordered to report to the South St. George Police Station every Monday between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. and to have no contact with the prosecution witnesses in the case brought against him.
Blackman, who faces a maximum penalty of 25 years behind bars, is due to reappear before the court on August 30, when the Preliminary Inquiry against him is expected to commence.