Man admits rape at 11th hour
(CNS): Jeffrey Barnes has admitted abducting and raping a 49-year-old woman. Just before his trial was due to start in the Grand Court on Monday morning, Barnes, albeit reluctantly and only with the prompting of his attorney, admitted that last October he abducted his victim from a bus stop on Shamrock Road and then took her to a deserted spot in Admiral's Landing, where he raped her. The guilty pleas were registered by the court at the eleventh hour, just before the crown opened its case against the 32-year-old man from George Town.
Following the admission, Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl Richards, QC, revealed the details of the case against Barnes before the judge adjourned the case for sentencing at a later date.
The DPP, who was prosecuting the matter on behalf of the crown and expecting a trial, told Justice Alex Henderson, who was scheduled to hear the case without a jury, that Barnes had abducted his victim from a bus stop at around 9:40am on 29 October. Prior to that, Barnes had been seen by witnesses attempting to abduct a teenage girl but because of the intervention by the witness, Barnes had driven away.
The rapist, whom police have described as a “dangerous and violent man”, soon turned his attention to a woman who was waiting for a bus to take her to work in George Town in the Red Bay area. He threatened his victim and pointed what appeared to be a gun wrapped in material at her as he forced her into the red Honda Civic he was driving that morning.
Richards told the court that Barnes then drove his victim to a deserted spot in Admiral’s Landing, where he parked the car and forced the woman to have sex at what she believed was gunpoint. He indicated a lake near to where they had parked and told his victim that was where people’s bodies were thrown when they were killed.
The victim begged Barnes not to kill her as she told him she had four children. Barnes then raped the woman using a condom but after the attack he threw it into the bushes, where it was later recovered by police.
Following the forced act of intercourse, when Barnes also attempted to anally rape the woman, the victim refused to get back in the car and told her attacker she would not go to the police; as a result he drove off but the victim was able to get most of the numbers of the registration. As she began walking from the scene of the rape a householder spotted the woman in her distraught state and went to her assistance before calling 911.
Barnes had originally pleaded not guilty to the crime but reluctantly offered guilty pleas in the court on Monday morning. He was asked to repeat his pleas several times, and on the third count of attempted anal rape, Barnes at first said not guilty but after prompting by his attorney, Barnes re-entered a plea of guilty.
The sentencing was adjourned by Justice Henderson until 28 November in order for other outstanding matters against Barnes to also be addressed.
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