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Breaking Into House To Tickle Woman Is No Laughing Matter

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A JUDGE is expected to make a decision today on legal discussions held in the absence of the jury hearing evidence in the case of a man accused of tickling a woman awake during an early morning home invasion.

Justice Vera Watkins is presiding over the trial of 31-year-old Quinton Raymond Bethel, who faces a charge of burglary concerning a break in at a home on Wellington Street around 3am on September 8, 2015.

A person convicted of burglary could serve up to 20 years imprisonment at the Department of Correctional Services.

The jury heard the testimony of a woman who said she was woken by a man who was rubbing her feet, which frightened her. She screamed and the burglar fled the house in a laughing fit.

Bethel, who is representing himself against the charge, suggested to the witness that she was mistaken in identifying him as the culprit.

Following the close of the prosecution’s case, the jury was excused as the Crown and Bethel engaged the court in legal discussions. The jury was ordered to return to the Supreme Court at 10am today.

Bethel is on remand at the prison.

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