Child sex assault took only seven years to get to trial
At least we’re making progress. I guess. But maybe no progress because the Pastor Jippy Doyle child rape trial took seven years to start and that was years ago with nothing getting better.
Bajans have seen child sex charges delayed for ten and eleven years, and then binned for lack of timely trials. (See Another child rapist goes free and No trial for ten years) We’ve seen a dangerous driving death charge take eleven years to come to trial, with the accused ZR driver having 197 prior driving convictions! Or how about a condo dispute taking nineteen years in courts.
Today’s story is about an accused who did not come to trial for seven years on child sex charges. Any way you look at it, that’s not proper justice for anybody…
THE MAN WHO had pleaded his innocence for the past seven years was freed of an indecent assault charge this evening.
Clifton Wycliffe Mottley, a 52-year-old general worker of the Child Care Board, was accused of indecently assaulting a seven-year-old girl, by slapping her on her buttocks and rubbing her vagina at a flea market of the Church Village New Testament Church of God in St Philip, on October 27, 2007.
The girl, along with her mother and three other Crown witnesses had testified against Mottley, while evidence and his own statement from the dock showed that he had insisted on his innocence from the day after the alleged incident until today. When the jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” after deliberating for 90 minutes, Justice Margaret Reifer told the Chapel Land, St Philip man, “a jury of your peers has acquitted you.You are free to go.”
… read the whole story at The Nation News