By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN made his initial court appearance yesterday on a charge of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl during the Long Island regatta earlier this month.
John Thomas Pratt, 24, of Bahama Avenue, stood before Magistrate Constance Delancy facing a single charge of unlawful sexual intercourse, alleged to have been committed on June 4 at Salt Pond, Long Island.
Pratt, however, was not required to enter a plea to the charge, which is an indictable offence. He was told that his case would be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court for trial through service of a voluntary bill of indictment.
He returns before Magistrate Delancy on July 25 for the transfer of the case to the higher court.
Magistrate Delancy concluded that the nature of the charge removed the court’s discretion to consider bail and further informed Pratt that he had the right to apply for bail in the Supreme Court.