Man accused of unlawful sex with girl, 12


Tribune Court Reporter


A MAN was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday for having unlawful sex with a 12-year-old girl in Andros.

Calvin Sweeting Sr, 65, represented by Ian Cargill and Ryszard Hummes, faced Magistrate Shaka Serville on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent assault.

He is accused of having sex with the child on July 28 in Mangrove Cay, Andros.

He is further accused of indecently assaulting the girl.

Due to the gravity of the offence, Sweeting was not required to enter a plea in court.

He was told that his matter would proceed to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI).

However, Sweeting’s counsel objected to the indecent assault charge saying that the second charge is implicitly subsumed by the first, to which the magistrate noted the assertion.

Magistrate Serville told the accused that as he lacked the jurisdiction to assign him bail, Sweeting would have to apply for it in the higher court.

He was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

Before being taken into remand, Sweeting was allowed a brief moment with relatives who had travelled to the capital for his arraignment.

Sweeting’s VBI is set for service on November 25.

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