Granduncle charged for raping a 15-year-old girl, Hanover JA

By Rumi Samuel Published on June 10, 2021
Granduncle charged for raping a 15-year-old girl, Hanover JA

The granduncle of the 15-year-old girl at the centre of two sexual assault cases was charged by the police on Tuesday and is slated to appear in court today.

The accused man, who was taken into custody last week, has been charged with attempted rape and grievous sexual assault.

“Like all other accused persons who we have arrested after complaints against them, he will have his day in court,” said Superintendent of Police Sharon Beeput, commanding officer for Hanover.

Bigby was taken into custody on May 24 and has since been charged with indecent assault.

The child reportedly became distraught at years of reported abuse and was admitted to the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, on May 19 after overdosing on pills in a suicide attempt. 

The teenager later alleged that 45-year-old nursing assistant Damion Bigby fondled her while lying in bed on a female ward around midnight May 21.

In his first appearance in the Hanover Parish Court before Parish Judge Winsome Henry last Thursday, Bigby was remanded. He is slated to return to court on June 29. 

Allegations against the granduncle are that he started molesting the child since she was 10 years old and reportedly assaulted her on and off over the years.

The teenager’s mother said she had been unaware of the child’s ordeal until she was hospitalized.

The granduncle, who is from Lucea, was subsequently arrested and charged.

Attorney-at-law Henry McCurdy is representing Bigby.

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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