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Court remands 63-year-old man

Published:Friday | January 11, 2013 | 12:00 AM

THE 63-year-old man accused of molesting his 11-year-old female relative was remanded when he appeared before the St Ann's Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The accused has been in custody since last year September when he was arrested and later charged with having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16.

Last year, The Gleaner broke the story of the 63-year-old common-law husband of the child's great-aunt, who was suspected to have impregnated the underage girl after years of alleged sexual molestation.

The child, who had been living with the great-aunt and the accused since she was nine months, was taken to a St Ann health centre in September for complaints of severe bellyache. An initial examination had indicated that the child was pregnant, but subsequent tests at the St Ann's Bay Hospital reportedly refuted those claims.

The child later told the police that the accused had been sexually molesting her for some time and had threatened her not to tell anyone. The 11-year-old was later released into the custody of her father.

The father told The Gleaner on Wednesday that, "I went to court with her yesterday (Tuesday) and they said her part of the case was now over."

Speaking on how his daughter was doing, he said, "She is doing alright, back in school and trying to cope."

The child and her parents have been undergoing mandatory workshops and counselling.

The case with the accused is ongoing.