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Don Creary remanded on rape charge

Published:Saturday | September 12, 2015 | 9:00 AM
Don Creary, partially hidden, makes his way to the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday

FORMER JAMAICA Labour Party councillor Don Creary and his alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Shaneke Williams, have been remanded on rape charges, at least, until Monday.

At that time, Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe Reece will make a decision on the bail application, which was made yesterday afternoon by Creary's attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson.

The prosecution opposed bail.

Creary, 48, is charged with rape, while Williams is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

The police reported that in 2013, Creary and Williams took the 15-year-old female complainant to an apartment in St Mary, where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

They further said that following the incident, the teen told her mother what had happened and a report was made to the police.

Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of the two.

Yesterday, the court was told that the complainant first gave a statement to the police in March 2014.

It was further reported that the teen gave a second statement to the police on September 3 this year.

The magistrate expressed concern about the long delay before the matter was brought before the court.

The head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse has been summoned to appear before the court to explain the delay.