A Mocha, East Bank Demerara man, on Thursday morning, appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts following allegations of sexual assault made against him, by one of his relatives.
Presiding magistrate Ann McLennan ordered the courtroom to be cleared owing to the nature of the offence, so the hearing was held in-camera.
According to reports, the 54-year-old suspect allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a nine-year-old female by ‘touching and rubbing’ between December 4 and December 24, 2016.
The unrepresented man purportedly pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of $100,000.
INews understands that the child’s mother had sent her to pick vegetables at the accused’s premises when she was allegedly held by the suspect, who locked her in a room and demanded that she expose herself, or else she would not be permitted to leave.
The nine-year-old, out of fear, permitted the man to fondle her, and subsequently related the incident to her mother, who made a report to the relevant authorities, upon which the perpetrator was arrested by Police and charged with the offence.