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Man charged for raping four women and 8-year-old girl

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:

A man wanted for multiple sexual crimes in Manchester, Clarendon, and St James has been charged in the infamous Irwin Point rape case which saw five females, including an eight-year-old, experiencing a night of horror.

The man, Patrick Green, was charged by the police last Friday by the Montego Bay police. Investigators say DNA tests linked him to the 2012 incident.

Two brothers, Kerron and Sheldon Brissett, were acquitted in the Western Regional Gun Court in 2013 after the prosecution offered no further evidence in the case against them.

The brothers were jointly charged with burglary, robbery with aggravation, illegal possession of firearm, abduction and assault at common law as well as the sexual assault charges, including rape, buggery, sexual touching and grievous sexual assault after they were pointed out in an ID parade.

In the aftermath of their arrest, the brothers pleaded their innocence and voluntarily offered DNA samples for testing. The test results subsequently failed to place them at the scene of the rape.

Following the revelation of the DNA result, the defence attorney had asked that the charges be dropped. However, the prosecution had indicated that it would still proceed with the case, and had maintained opposition to bail for the men.

One of the victims, the 28-year-old mother of the eight-year-old girl, told The Gleaner then that sometime after 10 o'clock, their home was invaded by two gunmen. The men gathered all five females, her three-year-old infant and a seven-year-old nephew and took away their cellular phones before leading them into nearby bushes.

The woman said the men then took her eight-year-old daughter back into the house, where they raped her. The perpetrators would later rape the other four females in the bushes. The men escaped.

In September 2014, the police reported that DNA tests had linked Green to a number of rapes in Granville, St James, including the Irwin Point rape case.

"The laboratory where the testing was done has just informed us that the DNA taken from Patrick Green matched the DNA that was found at the Irwin Point rape scene," Assistant Commissioner of Police Warren Clarke, the commanding officer for Area One, which spans Trelawny, St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland, told The Gleaner last September.

Green is expected to face the courts later this week.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com