DJ facing 2 rape charges

Roger Gibbons, also known as Roger Gibson

A Disc Jockey (DJ) was on Friday slapped with two counts of rape when he appeared at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court, West Coast Demerara (WCD).

Thirty-five-year-old Roger Gibbons, also known as Roger Gibson, of Lot 54 La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) appeared before Magistrate Zamina Ally-Seepaul and was not required to plead to the indictable charges.

Reports are that a 21-year-old woman, of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), was searching for an apartment to rent to after encountering domestic issues.

On April 5, 2020, the woman saw Gibbons at Vreed-en-Hoop, and told him that she was experiencing difficulties in locating an apartment/house to rent.

As such, Gibbons allegedly assured the woman that he could take her to a house for rent. He reportedly took her to a single-flat concrete house in La Parfaite Harmonie, and as they entered the house, he allegedly locked the door behind them.

There, he had sexual intercourse with the woman without her consent.

He then locked the woman into the building for three days before she eventually managed to contact a relative who came to her rescue.

It is also alleged that on June 1, 2020, Gibbons lured a 25-year-old employed female of Sisters Village, WBD, to his house under the pretence of securing a job.

The court heard that on the day in question, Gibbons approached the young woman at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling and started a conversation with her about a “photo shoot” that was scheduled for the following day.

The young lady agreed to take the job. As such, she was given the details, including an address to turn up for the event.

However, upon arrival at the address, she realised that she was the only one for the photoshoot and immediately enquired about the others. She was told that the others were on their way and that she must wait.

After some time, she decided to leave and return to her home, but Gibbons reportedly prevented her from doing so while enticing her to go rest on a bed while they awaited the arrival of the other women.

Still under the impression that a photoshoot would take place, the young lady was told to change her clothing and lie on the bed while arrangements were put in place for the “promotional photoshoot”.

Shortly after, the DJ allegedly entered the bedroom, ripped off the young lady’s clothing, and started touching her private parts. Despite the young woman putting up a fight, he reportedly engaged in sexual penetration with her without her consent.

After the entire ordeal, the woman was prevented from leaving the house. The day after, she was released to go home and collect her documents to attend an event hosted by a well-known Dancehall artiste.

However, she visited the nearest Police Station and lodged a report, and Gibbons was arrested.

Magistrate Seepaul, after listening to the prosecution’s submission, remanded Gibbons to prison until July 23, 2020, and transferred the matter to the Wales Magistrate’s Court.