Cruise ship worker cleared of sex assault charge
A 41-year-old Filipino national was yesterday acquitted of sexual assault charges in Magistrates' Court.
The cruise ship worker was accused of the offence by a 26-year-old female co-worker, also from the Philippines.
The man, who was not named for legal reasons, had denied the offence.
He was brought to the Island from Miami to face the charges as the vessel is Bermuda-registered.
The complainant had become pregnant from a December 28 sexual encounter which she maintained had been forced on her, but which the defendant said had been consensual. At a March 11 court appearance, she said the pregnancy had since been terminated.
In weighing the evidence yesterday, Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner noted: “It was not until January 18, after discussing her pregnancy with him, that the defendant made a complaint of sexual assault.”
He continued: “In all the circumstances, I am not satisfied that the complainant did not consent, and that the defendant did not have an honest and reasonable belief that it was consensual.”
The man was represented by lawyer Kenrick James.