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Yet another rape accused freed


The court has freed yet another rape accused, this time because the victim could not be located. The accused, Rawle Critchlow, was freed on Wednesday by Justice Winston Patterson.
This newspaper understands that the case was called for the first time in the Supreme Court on Monday last, when the prosecution informed the court that the virtual complainant could not be located.
The matter was adjourned to yesterday at which time the prosecution was still unable to locate the victim and the matter was thrown out.
Critchlow was charged for raping a 16-year-old girl on April 23, 2005 at Kuru Kururu Soesdyke/Linden Highway.
Last month, two rape accused were freed by Justice Patterson due to the victims’ unwillingness to proceed with the matters.
On November 25, the case against Linden Goppy, 31, of D’Urban Street, Lodge, who was charged with rape, buggery and committing an indecent act, was called in the Supreme Court for the first time and was dismissed because the victim claimed that she could not go through with it and that God would take care of the accused.
She told the court that she is a University of Guyana student and that she is also seven months pregnant.
According to her, she went through a lot physiologically, mentally and emotionally and does not want to go through with the matter.
The particulars of the charges state that the accused had carnal knowledge of the complainant without her consent, and committed buggery and an indecent act against her with intent to insult or offend her on November 24, 2005.
The week earlier, the case against 32-year-old Samuel Archer, who was charged with three counts of carnal knowledge and one count of buggery committed against his niece, was dismissed after the victim refused to offer evidence against him.
According to the victim’s evidence during the preliminary inquiry in the Magistrates’ Court, Archer first began molesting her when she was 12 years old.
The girl, now 17 years, became pregnant in 2007 for Archer and he was subsequently charged with carnally knowing a girl under the age of 15 years.
Last week Tuesday, when the trial came up for the first time in the Supreme Court before Justice Patterson, the victim, under oath, said that she did not wish to offer any evidence against her uncle since he is her only source of income.

Friday, December 19, 2008