A 38-year-old man, accused of kidnapping and rape of a minor, has lost his freedom.
Sergeo Olivia Payne, of Upper Wavell Avenue, Black Rock, St Michael, is alleged to have removed a 14-year-old from her home and to have had sexual intercourse with her without her consent on April 5.
He is further accused of stealing a $250 cellular phone and a $290 haversack on April 18 belonging to the same child.
Payne was not required to plead to the indictable charges but entered a not guilty plea to the charge of theft.
However, the prosecutor, Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds, objected to his bail based on the complainant’s age and the fact that he knew where she lived and “had easy access to her”.
The prosecutor also charged that Payne “intimidated, coerced and demanded from the complainant certain responses that she could not consent to”.
Hinds also said the Crown feared for the safety of the minor, while insisting that the accused, who is well known to the courts, must be kept away from her.
However, in his application for bail Payne argued that he had been working with the same company for the past 18 years and was a single parent to a teen daughter.
“I am not known to be violent person . . . . I get set up for these Sir. To put me in jail will hurt my family and my children. I begging for leniency to give me bail . . . . I am a totally changed person now sir,” he added.
His application was however denied by Magistrate Douglas Frederick who told the accused he had a duty to protect society and the young girl.
Payne reappears in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on August 20.