“I feel good to know that justice has been fairly served.”
Those were the words of 22-year-old Cemetery Hill resident Upbrite Phillip, who was acquitted last week Thursday on a charge of rape, which could have landed him a maximum sentence of 30 years behind bars.
Phillip spoke exclusively with THE NEW TODAY after being found not guilty of the charge by a nine-member jury that delivered the verdict before Justice Shiraf Aziz at the No. 5 High Court in St. George’s.
The food vendor by profession was accused of committing the offence against a young woman in her early twenties on May 2015 in the vicinity of Simmons Alley in the Town of St. George.
Phillip, who was on $15, 000.00 bail was represented in court by Attorney-at-Law, George Prime.
He pleaded not guilty to the offence earlier this year paving way for his trial in which approximately 6 witnesses were called to give evidence against him.
However, at the end of the trial lasting approximately 1 week, State Prosecutor, Crown Counsel Crisan Greenidge, was unable to convince the jury that Phillip had committed the crime.
The accused was found not guilty of the charges brought against him by the State.
“I plan to continue living my life as normal,” Phillip told THE NEW TODAY.
Cases involving sexual offence continue to dominate the Assizes list with 62 of the 167 cases related to matters of a sexual nature ranging from incest, sexual assault, rape, defilement of a female, indecent assault and harbouring, among others.
However, this is one less than the 63 cases that were listed for hearing in the May assizes.