A former police officer, accused of having sexual intercourse with two underage girls on May 22, 2007, was released on $10, 000 bail today, after one of the rape charges was dropped.
Leron David Blackman, of Parade Road, Bush Hall, St Michael, was remanded to HMP Dodds for 28 days on December 6, after the prosecutor raised strong objection to his release.
However, five days later Blackman was back before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant with Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim as well as one of the complainants, who informed the court that she was no longer proceeding with the matter.
However, she had to part with $150 in costs before the matter could be dismissed.
But with another rape charge still hanging over Blackman’s head, the prosecutor told the magistrate that the Crown’s position on bail remained the same, including that the accused left the jurisdiction three days after the act was allegedly committed, and was only arrested ten years later, having been deported from the United States.
The prosecutor also pointed out that the alleged victim was a juvenile and that there were fears that Blackman may abscond.
In response, Pilgrim pointed out that his client was not charged before he left the jurisdiction and that the case was now ten years old.
He also submitted that the second complainant was no longer in Barbados and that it would be unfair to have Blackman on remand for an unspecified period as the Crown did not know whether she was returning or proceeding with the case.
The Queen’s Counsel’s application for bail was therefore granted.
However, Blackman was ordered to submit all of his travel documents to the court.
He also has to report to the District ‘A’ Police Station every Monday, Thursday and Sunday before noon with valid identification.
The case continues in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on March 12.