Lawyers Try Again to Get Bail for Deacon and Teen on Sexual Assault Charges

RJR [Jamaica]
July 26, 2006

Another attempt will be made Wednesday to get bail for the former church deacon and a teenager at the centre of the sex abuse case.

Their lawyer, Paul Beswick is expected to make bail applications when the case comes up in court.

The attorney is also expected to cross-examine two policemen from the Half Way Tree police station who arrested the deacon.

Tuesday the attorney questioned the arresting officers during the trial which was held in camera.

The former church deacon, Donavon Jones, and the teenager, James Rogers, are charged with nine counts of indecent assault, three counts of assault with intent to rape and one count of aiding and abetting indecent assault.

They are also charged with carnal abuse and aiding and abetting carnal abuse.

Mr. Jones faces a further charge of cruelty to a child.

Two other teenagers who were also charged in connection with the abuse of the 13-year-old pleaded guilty last week and will be sentenced in September.


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