A magistrate in Antigua and Barbuda has gathered evidence to send a 31-year-old man to the High Court to stand trial for incest on his 16-year-old niece that occurred in May last year.
Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh, presiding over the case in the St John’s Magistrate’s Court, said the man, whose name was not disclosed, will stand trial in the May criminal assizes.
The perpetrator is the brother of the victim’s mother.
It is alleged that he committed the act while staying with his sister for two months during the COVID-19 lockdown.
In the first alleged incident, he woke her up while she was sleeping on a mattress in the living with her cousins, took her to the kitchen, fondled her, and then had unprotected sexual intercourse with her.
The court also heard that he allegedly had sexual intercourse with her on the mattress in the living room. Her cousins were sleeping each time these incidents occurred.
The matter was uncovered when the teen girl disclosed the continued sexual assaults to her aunt who then confronted the 31-year-old accused.
However, according to court records, the sexual crimes continued with his teen relative.
It was only after the girl’s father learned of the matter and reported it to the police that the assaults ended.
The accused was arrested in August 2020 and charged two days after the report was made.