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Crown to prove man had sex with minor

BVI News Staff - Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The trial of Charles Marks, who is accused of having sex with a minor, began in the High Court today, May 7 with Crown Counsel Jude Hanley telling the jury that she intends to prove two things: that the defendant had sex with the minor and that at the time of the act, the complainant was under 16.

“It is the Crown’s case that he did have sex with the VC and the law says, given her age, sexual intercourse is illegal. The VC (virtual complainant) is a young girl, who is by no means the perfect girl. She might not even be the average girl. She is now 16 years and has two children. She was convicted of theft in primary school. But Justice is for everyone,” Hanley told the court in her opening remarks.

“Having heard the evidence, you may think that the VC appears to be a street girl or a hot girl. You may think that because she went there, she agreed to the sexual intercourse. But even if she did agree, it does not have any relevance to this case since it is unlawful. She cannot consent to sex due to her age,” Hanley added.

The court heard that in 2009 the VC and Marks met, and jurors are expected to hear that the VC visited the defendant’s residence. It was also disclosed that in February 2010, the VC gave birth to a baby boy.

The Crown called its first witness, which is the mother who testified that in 2009 the VC was living with her, and she observed certain things.  As a result the witness said that she asked her daughter something about her observation.

Under cross-examination by defense attorney Stephen Daniels, the witness stated that the VC didn’t answer when she asked who she was pregnant for. The witness also confirmed that the first time she saw the defendant was in the Magistrate’s Court. She also denied the lawyer’s suggestion that she took her daughter and grandchild to see the defendant.

In explaining her relationship with her daughter, the witness told the court that the VC is usually more cooperative with her father than she is with her mother, and sees her father often.

The trial is expected to last three days and the Crown is expected to call three witness. The defense plans to call two witnesses.

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  1. :)
    July 25, 2012
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    Some of you guys sounds soo stupid, the girl is how old again 16 years old !!! she has more common sense than a 6 years old, she knows what is right from wrong.Thats the problem with these system nowa days them always blaming the men, yes the men should have common sense too but come on we all know that men weakest link is a girl/lady he cant help himself.But u should also know that teenagers will do anything to be notice in his or her school.That teenage girl knows exactly what she was doin was wrong im a teen I know that having sex with a guy who is way older than me is wrong.You guys acting like she’s mental like she didnt know what she was doin,she knows exactly what she were doin.I think that not only the guy must be punish but the girl to she knows that she will tell someone and she knows that having inter course with an big man is wrong, and also she knows that she will make the man get in trouble. to me she needs serious help

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  2. No Morals in the VI
    May 7, 2012
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    I don’t care how old a child may look, no man/or woman should even think about messing with a child under 16 and as far as I’m concerned the legal age limit should really be 18. It’s immorally wrong and to the men out there still fishing outside the high school gates you really need to seek professional help you’re sick and it’s wrong. It doesn’t matter how much a child pushes up on you…you’re the adult act like it. Most of the young ladies that have gotten pregnant and are still getting pregnant in high school are by older men…not the young boys in high school, but the MEN outside of the school. This cycle needs to stop.

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  3. kk
    May 7, 2012
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    release the man stupes

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    • Pervert
      May 7, 2012
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      Are you a fool? He is a man! Or of the age of a man anyhow. She is a naive and ignorant child. He knows the law. It is statutory rape to be with a child less than the age stipulated in the law. It doesn’t matter if she is Aphrodite herself. He is the adult. he knows the consequences. He made an adult choice to bed a child. Lock him up!

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  4. kool vibes
    May 7, 2012
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    damn, 16 and two kids already? wtf! 8-O

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    • May 8, 2012
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      Yes, that’s the result of old hard back men taking advantage of our underaged girls. This case came to light and we now know that she has two children although just a child herself. Try to imagine how many more there must be out there that have not been reported for whatever reason. Men like him should be given the stiffest penalty the court has for such offences.

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