Man on trial for indecent assault on 15-year-old girl

One man is currently being tried at the high court for unlawful sexual connection and the indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl.

State Lawyer Wayne Norde told the court that the prosecution will present seven witnesses. The witnesses include the complainant and her best friend who testified today.

According to the evidence of the complainant, the incident occurred on March 22, 2009 while she was at a birthday party for the accused man’s daughter.

“At about 10:15 p.m. my aunt gave me a container of food to bring to her vehicle and when I went downstairs I saw the accused in a dark area under the house; and he told me to come a while and I approached him. He asked me if I was up for a challenge. I did not respond,” the complainant said.

“He then pushed me against the wall. Then he put his hand in my pants and his finger in my vagina. I then pulled away from him and told him to leave me alone. Then he told me if I wanted we could go somewhere else. I said no and I went back upstairs,” she testified.

According to the complainant, she felt pain when the defendant pushed his finger up her vagina for a short while. She stated that the entire assault lasted about five seconds.

She told the court today that she did not tell anyone of the incident the same night when she went back upstairs because she felt ashamed and afraid.

She said that she was also afraid to tell her mother when she went home.

“I was afraid of my mother’s reaction. At the time I did not know how to say it, and I did not want to make a scene at the party,” the complainant said.

She also stated that nobody was around when the alleged incident occurred.

According to her, she told her best friend what had happened after church the following day then subsequently told her mother.

The complainant testified that the accused man had denied the accusation during a confrontation with herself and her mother sometime after the incident.

“He said that he did not believe that I was accusing him of that because we were so close. Then he said he and his wife [wife’s name] were having problems two weekends ago and because of what I just said could make it worse…” the complainant said.

The complainant also spoke of an interview on April 1,2009 at the Criminal Investigations Department where she said the defendant had responded to the accusation by stating that if he had done anything to hurt her family in any way he wanted to apologize for it.

Under cross examination by the accused man’s lawyer, David Bruney, the complainant said that she had known the accused man for about a year prior to the incident and he was a close family friend in the time that she had known him.

The complainant said that she was very shocked that the incident happened. “I tried to act as normal as possible,” she said.

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31 Comments

  1. shykym
    March 2, 2010

    everyone listen here i think what we need in dominica is some strip clubs and some puta houses, trust me! i live in sxm they have them in abundance you hardly hear of any rapin here, this will be they answer to the problem, these men are getting desperate!

  2. WHY YAP ABOUT IT
    February 7, 2010

    Why the yapping stupesssssss……if you are sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that the man did that, then there is no problem. No police. No lawyer. Yes jail for you.
    One answer to the problem. Hold the man down and CUT OUT HIS BALLS AND TOLELY. CHOP IT IN LITTLE PIECES SO THAT IT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTACH. WHERE IS THE PROBLEM.

  3. life
    February 6, 2010

    bro you mess with the wrong child.

  4. Serious
    February 6, 2010

    ..Take what you get.

  5. FED UP
    February 6, 2010

    ……In our society the victim always gets blame, comments such as “What as she doing at the place it happened? or She had her plan with him” etc. All these ignorant comments and the blame falls on the victim. Just like the child said she as scared to tell, because usually the victim gets the blame. I have heard grown Dominican men talk about “holding down” their cousins for sex, laughing about it like it was funny, I keep my distance from people of theses character. Back in the days when the only high schools were in Roseau and Portsmouth the children from the county had to stay with someone besides their parents for boarding. Multiple young girls were molested and raped by the older male of the families they lived with, unable to complain because their ignorant parents would beat them or they would be accused of lying, unable to find somehere else to live in the cities, would mean no secondary education because their parents cannot afford to bus them daily. Guys I had my apartment burglarized once and it was just such an invasion of privacy I cannot imagine how this child must have felt. The thing we must also recognize is most sexual assults occurs with person o persons the victim is familiar with, family close friend, cousins, even parents. Wake up and put our children first stop taking under the table payments for autrocities against our children, male or female, boy do get abused too. These assults do have lasting mental effects on the victims, a physical scar might not be present but lives have been ruined and continues to be ruined.

  6. mike
    February 5, 2010

    how we so sure the girl doh ask him to do it cause thats what them young girls doign them days they doing there thing for money then goign and tell parents and police i also blame the man as well cause the girl 15 he have no right messign around an underage girl like that

  7. shorty
    February 4, 2010

    …This time you will take a serious jail for what you did to this young child. I applaud this child’s family because these things happen all the time and it’s not reported. You bastered, you need to pay for this wicked intentions of yours.

  8. Thoughtful
    February 4, 2010

    It appears that this man has already been convicted in the court of public opinion.

    And here lies a serious problem. Whenever these cases concerning children come up, we take an emotional stance and the perpetrator is automatically guilty. But that is not always the case. ..

  9. Jiselle
    February 4, 2010

    I will wait to hear the defense side… … TELL THE TRUTH, THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. Those little children too not easy!! Big woman all you playing .. …. I not taking for the man, because big men so should know better than to play games with little girls. Shame. Go and play with your .. wife…you have no right to touch that child. Find some big woman to play games with instead of those little children, see what you get yourself into!! shame shame…what a shame.

  10. JAIL HIM
    February 4, 2010

    For ppl saying that it is the child’s word against the man’s that is usually the case with rape or indecent assault matters…once certain elements of the crime can be proved like the girl is under the age of 16, there was an assault and it was indecent then that is sufficient to make the case…it’s always one person’s word against the other in these types of cases…there are hardly ever any witnesses…it’s who the jury believes…scientific eveidence to support the allegation is a bonus…

  11. DR LOVE
    February 4, 2010

    ok lets say the girl and man was in their business no man dont just come up on you and ask if you up for a challenge ok and second the man should no that the child is under age he have no right dealing with underage children he is a pedophil he need to be sentence for him act but again please young parents educate them youngs girls in dominica cause they are about doing any thing to get the best outfits and phones on the island and men a from the dog race i will give you but you have to pay so again young girls satisfiy with what you have and what your parents can give you one day you will be able to have it all if you work hard and stay focus ok

  12. RowRow
    February 4, 2010

    nasty u don’t know where to push ur finger u sick bastard

  13. Well...
    February 4, 2010

    It is time we make a proper example of these grown men, because he is a grown man over 40 who thinks its ok to go after 14-16 year old girls.

    They have bad ways, period. I don’t care how good a 15 year old looking, you have no right. I don’t care if she strip naked in front of you, you have no right.

    The adult in the situation supposed to do the right thing.

    I am very proud of the family, cause to many families keep these things hush hush. Good Job!

    And if it was my child, alas, poor you, the courts would have you after I am finished with you. Aveole!

  14. Anonymous
    February 4, 2010

    I know who who that fellar is SHAME OH HIM sackway sex offender if i was that child’s father longtime i burst his grain Mr doe easy. I want to see what will be the outcome of this case.

  15. romansu
    February 4, 2010

    if it wa smy child…. i would be on the witness stand

  16. empress in orando
    February 3, 2010

    every one is a lawyer and judge now, these little girls could be lying too you know , dont get me wrong i am a woman these things can happen yes, but there have to be hard evidences for this man to go to prison when it was her word against his, and ppl from Dominica have too many close man friends, i know for a fact d/ca men are notorious for that , isaid i know this for a fact, think what ever yoy want.

  17. lb
    February 3, 2010

    JAIL HIM NOWWWWWWWW! SOOOOOOOO SICK OF THESE ANIMALS.. ENUFF ALREADY.JAIL HIM!

  18. Nitara
    February 3, 2010

    I’ve got a ten year old daughter, and I watching her so close. Don’t want to take my eyes off her for a second. Its so tough for parents out there these days when it comes to those things. If he guilty, make him an eunuch

  19. Anonymous
    February 3, 2010

    Sorry to see such development in dominica. Guys please respect the younger girls..please! its a crime to interfer with under age girls!

  20. child
    February 3, 2010

    i wish cocolus had thief ,cause somebody would have to explain where he get his bite from

  21. Miss-K
    February 3, 2010

    @ Fairplay: what is your point? What consent a 14 year old can give to this adult man? Wait till it hits close to home!

    @ Logical Thinking: you can say what you want about weak case; but I believe the child – they should make an example of him. …. But is not he alone you know…..plenty of dem just dere watching ppl young girls coming up & fantasizing. Ppl close to these folks allege that they does pull up watch children & comment on which one hips expanding, which one ready to take what etc. They have a fetish for the young blossoming crop (14-15-16 yr old)……….but I tell you is me that would be on trial eh if that was my precious girl child ‘cuz Dominica have too much “vaywar”

    I don’t believe adult entertainment will stop these ba$tard$; ‘cuz he has free poonahnee at home & still doing that $hit!…….it’s all about ethics and principles.

    Kudos to the young lady and her parents for not sweeping this under the carpet or taking any shut-your-mouth payment……..JAIL HIM I SAY

  22. Thoughtful
    February 3, 2010

    @REUNITE, DNO is not mentioning his name because he is not yet convicted. As of now the crime is “being alleged.” Remember no one is guilty until convicted in a court of law.

    If DNO mentions his name now and he is found not guilty he could end up suing DNO.

    It has nothing to do with “big boys,” DNO is protecting itself.

    When he is convicted legally, then DNO can publish his name if it so wishes.

  23. chemist
    February 3, 2010

    [email protected]

    The name is not mention in an effort to protect the young lady’s identity.

  24. Young Man in Dominica
    February 3, 2010

    mmmmm These type of things will keep happening in Dominica if we dont see some change in dominca. Dominicans do like to see progress and change we are very backward in our thinking. Just check back on DNO and see the amount to men on sexual assult chrages WE HAVE TO MANY MEN IN SOCIETY PREASURE UP MEN NEED SEX WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS LEGALLISE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT IN DOMINICA SO MAN CAN RELEASE THEIR PREASURE AND PROBLEM SOLVE

    ADULT ENTERTAINMENT PROBLEM SOLVE MAN WOULD KNOW WHERE TO GO PAY THEIR MONEY PROBLEM SOLVE

  25. February 3, 2010

    why all these grown men playing with these UNDER AGE girls.make an example of one of them .the others will learn from that. u think if someone did the same to his daughter he would happy that S.O.B. i feel sorry for the wife she must be embrassed.

  26. REUNITE
    February 3, 2010

    Why is this man name not mentioned? Is he one of the “big” boys? This is sad. We ought to know who this people are. With his name being withheld only allows him to go out there and do the same thing over. To the parents of this young young girl ensure who pursue this to the fullest.

  27. LOGICAL THINKING
    February 3, 2010

    AS A MOTHER AND ATTORNEY I FEEL FOR ANY CHILD THAT HAS BEEN OR IS BEING ABUSED BUT WE HAVE TO BEAR IN MIND LOTS OF TIMES PPL AND WRONGFULLY ACCUSED AND ALSO NOWADAYS THE BAD PPL ARE NOT ALWAYS MEN THERE ARE LOTS OF FEMALE SEXUAL ABUSERS ALSO BUT IF THAT CASE IS BASED ON WHAT I HAVE READ SO FAR IT IS A VERYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY WEAK CASE BASICALY WORD AGAINST WORD AND WE MUST ALWAYS BE OPEN MINDED AND NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS IF THE GUY IS GUILTY I SAY NOT EVEN JAIL HIM HANG HIM BUT JUSTICE MUST ALWAYS PREVAIL

  28. Oh OH!!!
    February 3, 2010

    i just don’t understand, if u swef bon dieu go ….. and make a bargain, put out your $150 (VAT Included) and break your waters, there is nothing wrong with that.

    There are ppl that is against prostitution because of the bible and other wise but am telling you is best you go to the brothel my brother than go to JAIL/ THE REST UP however u call it!!!! god will forgive u cause he knows is swef u swef and need to break your waters…. lol! remebre god not a man he knows your heart!!!

  29. Fairplay
    February 3, 2010

    The age of consent in the UK is 14 year

  30. JAIL JAIL JAIL
    February 3, 2010

    THIS MAN HAS A WIFE? AND A DAUGHTER? OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL IS OUR SOCIETY COMING TOO, YOU SEE WHEN I TALK PEOPLE DOES TAKE IT FOR A JOKE, PEOPLE PROTECT ALL YOU CHILDREN SEE WHO ASSAULTING THEM? PEOPLE THAT CLAIM TO BE “SO CLOSE” TO YOUR FAMILY. WELL I DOH KNOW WHO IT IS AND I DO NOT CARE BUT FOR SUCH AN ACT AGAINST AN INNOCENT CHILD WHO COULD BE SCARED FOR LIFE I HOPE HE PAYS DEARLY. NO LESS THAN TEN YEARS HARD TIME AND IF THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN DOMINICANS NEED TO PROTEST. I HOPE THE LAW HAS HIS PASSPORT. AND I HOPE THE BIG FELLARS IN THE PRISON WILL GIVE HIM A GOOD CAHLLENGE

  31. Thoughtful
    February 3, 2010

    Another story on illegal sexual activities?

    What is going on with Dominican men?

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