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Case Of Sex Assault Against A Minor Is Discontinued

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A CASE was discontinued yesterday against a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor nearly five years ago.

Dustin Taylor, 32, faced three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse stemming from alleged sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl, who could not give consent, between December 7, 2011, and January 22, 2012.

The trial was set to be heard before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs.

Prosecutor Basil Cumberbatch presented a nolle prosequi signed by the attorney general asking that the charge be discontinued against Taylor.

The judge was given the document and a copy was given to defence lawyer Sonia Timothy who expressed gratitude, on behalf of her client, for the route taken by the Crown.

At a status hearing in September, the court was informed that the complainant and her mother who brought the complaint to police were not making themselves available to the prosecution.

This was also the case at an early mention hearing held in July 25.

The Attorney General’s Office could bring the case against Taylor again at any time in the Supreme Court, but it is unlikely.

He had denied the allegation since his formal arraignment in Supreme Court.

A person tried and conviction of unlawful sexual intercourse faces between seven years and life imprisonment.

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