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San Salvador Sex Attack Suspect Charged

Henry Gray, 41, of San Salvador, who is accused of a sex attack on a US teenager on the island.

Henry Gray, 41, of San Salvador, who is accused of a sex attack on a US teenager on the island.

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN accused of raping a 17-year-old American girl on Easter Monday was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Henry Gray, 41, of Cockburn Town, San Salvador appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes facing charges of causing harm and rape, both said to have been committed on April 21.

It is claimed that he intentionally caused harm to her and had sexual intercourse with the teen without her consent.

The girl was riding her bicycle in the Cockburn Town dock area around 10am when a man emerged from the bushes, forcing her to perform oral sex on him despite the victim’s reported pleas with the man not to rape her. The girl was flown to New Providence for medical evaluation shortly after the ordeal.

Magistrate Forbes explained to Gray that the charge of rape was an indictable offence and because the second offence allegedly occurred at the same time, he would not be required to enter a plea to either charge as his case would to be tried in the Supreme Court.

“You understand the charges I’ve read to you?” Magistrate Forbes asked. “Yes, sir,” Gray answered.

“This matter will be adjourned for service of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment when at your next court appearance you will be made aware of all the details relating to the case,” the magistrate told the accused.

Gray was denied bail and remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison until his next court appearance on May 27. However, he was informed of his right to apply for bail to the Supreme Court. The accused was not represented at yesterday’s arraignment.

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