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Hope for Int’l pastor on sex charges in Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | October 20, 2010 | 9:10 AM

The attorney for embattled international pastor, Rev Dr Paul Lewis, is expressing renewed confidence that his client will be freed of sexual assault charges.



This follows the revelation of the original deposition of the 15-year-old girl at the centre of the carnal-abuse case against the pastor.



According to the attorney, Keith Bishop, the defence will win the case based on the information that has been presented before the court.



In the deposition signed by a judge and the young girl, there are inconsistencies and contradictions of the original statement given to the police.



According to the deposition, the 15-year-old complainant said a policeman and a policewoman were present while she was being questioned.



She said the policeman told her that when she was in court she should repeat the police statement or she would be sent to a facility for juvenile delinquents.



She also said the policeman claimed that Lewis had a lot of money.



However, in court the 15-year-old girl told the judge that she wanted to tell the truth and that Rev Lewis did not have sex with her.



It’s alleged that in June last year Rev Lewis met the 15-year-old at a church convention in Little London, Westmoreland, where he was a guest preacher.



He reportedly exchanged telephone numbers with the girl and, in a subsequent meeting, took her and a 14-year-old female companion on a trip to Clarendon.



On their return to Westmoreland, the girls stayed with the pastor at his Negril hotel, where the alleged sexual encounter took place while her companion watched.



The trial date for the case has been set for October 27.