April 21, 2020 – The swift actions of the Police resulted in the arrest and subsequent charge of two men for breaches of the Sexual Offences Act.


In the first incident 26-year-old Garreth James of Auldayr district, Bluefields, Westmoreland was arrested within two days of engaging in sexual activities with a woman without her consent in Bluefields Beach Park in the parish.


Reports are that on Saturday, April 18,  James held up a mother and her daughters and forced one of the daughters to engage in sexual activities with him while the others watched.


He was arrested and charged with Rape and Grievous Sexual Assault on Monday, April 20.


Meanwhile, detectives from the St. Ann Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) arrested and charged a taxi operator who abducted a woman and forcibly had sexual activities with her without her consent.


Charged is 37-year-old Westley Martin of Top Milford Road, Ocho Rios, St. Ann. He was charged with Rape, Abduction, Illegal Possession of Firearm and Robbery with Aggravation.


It is reported that on Friday, February 21, about 6:30 p.m.,  the complainant boarded Martin’s taxi from Spanish Town to Moneague. After the other passengers exited the vehicle in Ocho Rios, Martin made a detour, parked near bushes and pulled a firearm at the complainant before engaging in sexual activities with her. The accused also robbed the complainant of her cell phone.


The matter was reported to the Police and he was arrested on Tuesday, April 7. He was later charged on Friday, April 17.


The court dates of the accused men are being finalised.


The Police are appealing to anyone in these communities who may have been victims of sexual offences of a similar nature to report the matter to CISOCA or the nearest Police Station.