Thursday, March 17, 2005

Attempted Rape case opens

Ricky Rhoda, the Attorney General, yesterday opened the prosecution case at the Supreme Court against two local men accused of indecently assaulting a British woman in her mid-twenties.

The allegations date back to September 13 2003 when one of the men, Steven Costa, is accused of attempting to rape the woman who cannot be named for legal reasons.

John Paul Cruz is separately accused of that same day assaulting the woman by kicking her about the head. Both defendants are jointly charged with indecent assault where it is alleged that a wine bottle was inserted in the woman’s vagina.

The events are said to have taken place in the Upper Town area in a squat where both the alleged victim and Cruz who she had acquainted prior to this were staying. It is claimed that a screwdriver blade was held to her head and that after the experience she was so terrified that she jumped from an upper floor window injuring herself.

The two defendants face an additional charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Cruz is represented by Elliot Phillips and Costa by Stephen Bossino. The hearing continues.

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