A Barbadian man and a Guyanese woman, charged with having sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent on June 11, have each been granted $7,000 bail after spending 28 days on remand at Dodds prison.
Rape accused Raynor Leonard Thomas, 31, and Tiffany Maria Edwards, 21, both of Suttle Street, St Michael, were released from lawful custody after their attorneys, Kevin Miller and Michael Yearwood, QC, made successful bail applications on their behalf.
Yearwood, who is representing Thomas, argued that while the offence was a serious one, conditions could be imposed to safeguard his client’s attendance at court, as well as to protect the alleged victim since “the strength of the evidence is largely uncontested at this time”.
He also submitted that Thomas was gainfully employed and was not known to the court.
Miller, who is representing Edwards, also told the magistrate that he was standing by his previous arguments made during his client’s first appearance in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court.
However, Sergeant Cameron Gibbons renewed his objections to the release of the alleged rapists.
But in upholding the arguments of the defence, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant granted bail to the accused on condition that they stay away from the complainant.
The duo, which has not been required to plead to the indictable offence, returns to court on November 19.
In the meantime, Thomas must report to Central Police Station every Saturday before 6 p.m. with valid identification, while Edwards must report to the District ‘C’ Police Station every Tuesday and Friday before 12 p.m. with valid identification.
The court also confiscated the Guyanese woman’s passport and she must request permission to leave the jurisdiction.