Man extradited to face sex assault charge

A 22-year-old man was remanded in custody yesterday after he was extradited from Britain to face a sex assault charge.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to an alleged sex assault on a girl aged under 16 and use of a mobile phone to communicate with her for the purpose of committing a sex act.

The offences are alleged to have happened in 2015.

Magistrates’ Court heard the man, from Warwick, had been scheduled to appear in court in January last year. A warrant for his arrest was issued, but it was discovered he had moved to Liverpool in the UK.

He was arrested by English police and returned to Bermuda.

Elizabeth Christopher, who appeared for the defence, argued that the defendant should be bailed as he had turned himself in to police. Magistrate Maxanne Anderson refused and adjourned the case until May 2.

It is The Royal Gazette’s policy not to allow comments on stories regarding criminal court cases. This is to prevent any statements being published that may jeopardise the outcome of that case.

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