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Jury frees JDF soldier of 2010 rape charge

Published:Wednesday | January 21, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Forty-year-old Jamaica Defence Force, Corporal, Orville Campbell has been freed of a rape charge.




A jury in the St Catherine Circuit Court, yesterday retired for 25 minutes before returning the not guilty verdict.



It was alleged that on August 14, 2010, the soldier went to a house in St Catherine where he sexually assaulted a woman he knew.



According to the Crown, the woman reported the matter a month after it allegedly incurred.



However, the soldier reportedly told the police when he was arrested that the woman consented.



In his cross-examination, the soldier’s lawyer, Peter Champagnie suggested to the complainant that she made up the rape story because the soldier refused to end a relationship with another woman.



The complainant admitted sending a photograph of herself to the soldier which endorsed that she loved him.



Justice Bertram Morrison presided over the trial.



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