A 53-year-old Carrot Bay man was hauled before the Magistrate’s Court after he allegedly indecently assaulted and attempted to rape a female hitchhiker from East End.
Renold George was not required to plead to the offences when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on Monday.
The court heard that on April 20, alleged would-be rape victim and the accused — who are said to know each other — were at the Wayside Bar in Fat Hogs Bay on Tortola.
Sometime later, the woman accepted a ride from the accused to get home.
En route to her home, the accused allegedly stopped the vehicle and approached her from the passenger side of the vehicle.
After opening the door, he allegedly started touching her breasts and her vagina.
The court heard that despite the woman’s attempts to push him away, the accused man removed her pants and underwear.
It is further alleged that he went on to rub the tip of his penis on her vagina. He did not enter, the court heard.
It was then the woman fell to the ground and was rescued by an approaching female motorist, the court was told.
The reported victim was brought to the East End Police Station exposed from the waist down. She made a report.
She was later brought to the Dr D Orlando Smith hospital for a medical examination.
During the investigation, police reportedly recovered a pair of red female underwear, a pair of pants, and a belt from the scene of the alleged incident.
During the accused man’s appearance before Magistrate Richards, the Crown did not object to bail because the offences for which he is charged are ‘bailable’.
It is also said no objections were made because the accused man has strong ties to the community, and was not deemed a flight risk. As such, he was granted $60,000 bail with two signed sureties.
He is required to report to the Cane Garden Bay Police Station every Wednesday between 6 am and 6 pm and was ordered to have no contact with the woman in question.
Attorney Ruthilia Maximea represents George, and he is scheduled to return to court on July 24.
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