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Doctor Charged With Rape Fires Attorney

Dr Gerald Forbes

Dr Gerald Forbes

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

A FREEPORT doctor charged with rape and indecent assault fired his attorney on Friday, delaying the trial proceedings until next week in the Supreme Court.

Dr Gerald Forbes, 46, informed Justice Estelle Gray-Evans that he was not pleased with the representation by his defence counsel, attorney Wendell Smith. Justice Evans adjourned the matter to Monday.

The prosecution had closed its case on Thursday. At this late stage in the trial, Dr Forbes has to now consider either retaining a new attorney or represent himself.

Dr Forbes is accused of indecently assaulting a 20-year-old woman while he was performing a physical examination at his Carico Medical Clinic in the Professional Plaza on Pioneers Way, in February, 2015.

He is also accused of having sex with the woman without her consent in March, 2015, while performing a medical procedure at his clinic.

Erica Kemp of the Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the matter.

Dr Forbes, a resident of Epsom Road and Town Court, Nassau, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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