Judge stays hearing pending completion of exams
Guyanese-born High Court Judge, Madam Justice Paula Gilford has agreed to stay the arraignment of a secondary school student, who was committed to stand trial in the High Court for the offences of a sexual nature.
The fifth-form student was committed to stand trial at the High Court on two (2) charges of sexual intercourse and two (2) charges of indecent assault.
Due to the sensitive nature of the case, THE NEW TODAY will not disclose the name of the accused teenager or the alleged victims or the details of the case.
It is understood that as a result of the incident, the accused teenager was removed from the secondary school and placed at a different learning institution to continue his academic studies.
When the matter came up before the St. George’s No.1 High Court on Monday, counsel for the accused teen, Attorney-at-Law Arley Gill, moved an application to allow for his client to commence and complete the upcoming Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams.
The attorney informed the court that his client is expected to complete examinations by June 2 and the court conceded to the request.
The fifth-form student was on Monday placed on $50, 000.00 bail with two (2) sureties and ordered to not leave the state without permission from the court, have no contact with the complainant and warned that he should not commit any offence while on bail in order to have his bail continued.
The accused teenager is scheduled to reappear for arraignment before Justice Gilford on June 7.
The sexual intercourse offence carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment, while indecent assault has a maximum sentence of 10 years.