By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday after he was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on a sexual assault charge.
Alexio Newman of Romer Street stood before Deputy Chief Magistrate Constance Delancy facing a charge of rape concerning an incident on Sunday, June 24.
It is alleged that the 22 year old had sexual intercourse with a woman, 22, without her permission.
“Do you understand the charge?” the judge asked.
“Yes, ma’am,” Newman replied.
He was informed that due to the nature of the charge - an indictable offence - he would not be allowed to enter a plea until his formal arraignment before a Supreme Court judge.
He is scheduled to return to Magistrate’s Court on August 30 to be presented with a voluntary bill of indictment that will fast track the matter to the higher court.
“You are also advised that due to the nature of the charge, you are unable to apply for or be granted bail in the Magistrate’s Court. However, you have the right to make an application to the Supreme Court for bail,” the deputy chief magistrate added.
Newman has retained attorney Calvin Seymour to represent him against the allegation.
A person convicted of rape at trial could face up to life imprisonment.