Deacon Returns to Court Today
July 21, 2006
The Former deacon of the Dayton Avenue church and his co-accused in the sexual assault case against a 13-year-old schoolgirl return to the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court today.
Donovan Jones, 46, the former deacon; James Rodgers, 18, and two minors were denied bail last Thursday when they appeared before Resident Magistrate Georgiana Fraser.
The judge had entertained a more than two-hour-long bail application by attorneys representing the four but decided that the accused remain behind bars after viewing the offending DVD.
Jones is charged with nine counts of indecent assault, three counts of assault with intent to rape, one count of cruelty to a child, one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one count of aiding and abetting indecent assault.
Rodgers, 18, is charged with three counts of indecent assault, three counts of assault with intent to rape and aiding and abetting indecent assault. The two minors are facing charges of indecent assault, assault with intent to rape and assault occasioning bodily harm.
Two of the four persons have been in custody since Wednesday, July 5, while one of the minors was taken in on July 6.
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