College student Noel Bell freed of rape charge
University student 27-year-old Noel Bell has been freed of rape in the Home Circuit Court.
A seven-member jury deliberated for just over an hour before returning the not-guilty verdict.
The prosecution had alleged that on November 15, 2013, Bell had sexual intercourse with a female companion he met at his church without her consent.
The court was told that Bell and the complainant were at his house watching movies and drinking alcohol.
In an unsworn statement, Bell denied raping the complainant.
He accepted that on the night in question that he was drinking with the complainant in his bed and that they both fell asleep at some point and she subsequently accused him of raping her.
Under cross-examination, the complainant’s credit worthiness and reliability were challenged.
The jury subsequently freed him of the rape charge.
Tom Tavares-Finson and Donahue Martin Jr represented Bell.