This story goes to remind us all that the buggery law is not only applicable to gay and bisexual or men who practice substitutional sex in prisons via anal penetration.
A 17-year-old youth who was charged with buggery when he was 13 has been freed of the charge.
A schoolgirl, who was also 13 at the time of the alleged offence, was the complainant. She testified that the accused committed the act in a classroom, while they were at school. She reported the incident to her mother a day later. The matter was reported to the police and the boy was arrested and charged.
The accused from the outset had admitted to the police that he had sexual intercourse with the girl in the classroom. He said she was telling lies that he buggered her.
When the case came for trial this week in the Home Circuit Court, the accused denied the allegation. In his defence, he told the jury that he only had sexual intercourse with the girl and it was with her consent.
Attorney-at-law Jacqueline Asher, in addressing the jury, asked them to find the accused not guilty. She asked the jury to find that her client spoke the truth as to what took place in the classroom. The seven-member jury retired and returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty.
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Finally: flashback to dancehall DJ Zebra's case
Dancehall DJ Zebra
In November 2010 the well publicized case was reported on in the Star News:
After completing a sentence for rape in 2008, deejay Zebra was again locked away for 30 years' hard labour for another sex-related crime. The deejay, whose real name is Garfield Vassell, was sentenced by Justice Evan Brown in the St Catherine Circuit Court.
Justice Brown outlined that for buggery, Vassell should serve 10 years and 20 years for carnal abuse.
The entertainer, who was represented by attorney-at-law Everton Dewar, was found guilty on Tuesday by a jury which retired for less than an hour. He was found guilty of carnal abuse and buggery.
The Crown led evidence that the entertainer sexually assaulted the teenage daughter of his girlfriend.
It is said that the child had to run away from home and related her ordeal to a senior relative who reported the matter to the police.
The deejay, who is known for songs such as Redder Than Red and Rupert, was held in June of last year after eluding the police for four months. He had been released in 2008 on rape charges, after serving six years behind bars.
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