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Bail Denied For Rape Suspect

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday after being arraigned in connection with a recent rape that occurred in Nassau.

Travis Taylor, 24, of Guyana Circle, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl on October 9.

Taylor, who has an unrelated pending matter before the court, was told by the chief magistrate that she “wouldn’t wish to see you in these circumstances”.

“This is not good,” she told the accused, who was not allowed to enter a plea to the rape charge.

The alleged rape reportedly occurred around 6pm on the day in question when the complainant visited the home of a man she had met online.

Though a date has been set for December 8 for the case to be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court for trial, Taylor’s lawyer, Ian Cargill, asked for a status hearing on the basis that the alleged circumstances were not actually the case.

The chief magistrate set a status hearing date for October 31.

She then told the accused: “I can’t consider bail, Mr Taylor, and that’s real talk.”

Though Taylor was remanded to prison, he has the right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail.

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