Public official accused of rape granted $15K bail


Antigua News Room

WARNING: The Sexual Offences Act prohibits naming any individual accused of the offences mentioned in in this article until and unless the individual is convicted.

A public official accused of rape has been granted bail in the sum of $15,000.

The man, who is also charged with serious indecency, made his first court appearance Thursday before Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel-Edwards in the District B Magistrates’ Court.

The accused was ordered to provide two sureties and pay $6,000 in cash to secure his release.

He has also been ordered to surrender both his Antigua and Barbuda regular and diplomatic passports, and must report to the All Saints Police Station three times weekly.

The court has restricted the accused from communicating or otherwise interfering with the 22-year-old complainant directly or through someone else. He must also stay 50 feet away from the complainant as part of the bail conditions.

The accused, who is being represented by Attorney Gail Pero, is scheduled to return to court on March 23 for committal proceedings.