A Hannah’s Estate man was granted $60,000 signed bail on Thursday after he allegedly had sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.
Charged is 20-year-old Kwayne Francis who was not required to plead when he appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo.
This is because the matter is indictable, which effectively means it is triable before a judge and jury.
What the court heard happened
Prosecutors allege that sometime last year, the accused man met and made friends with the minor.
The pair allegedly began communicating via Facebook during which time the accused reportedly told the minor that he wanted to prove himself to her.
On May 22, the court heard that the minor returned from school then left her home to visit a friend’s home.
It is alleged that the accused, who is said to live near the friend’s home, joined the minor on her journey.
They then had sexual intercourse, it is alleged.
The minor’s mother eventually found out and reported the matter to the police. The accused was subsequently arrested and charged.
During a police interview, the accused reportedly denied the allegations saying, “I didn’t do it.”
In court, Francis was ordered not to have any contact with the minor or any other witnesses.
The matter was adjourned to October 2.
Attorney Patrick Thompson represents the accused.
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