Teen held on unlawful sexual intercourse charges

TEEN CHARGED – Nineteen-year-old Nubian Stuart was charged with Unlawful Sexual Intercourse contrary to Section 10 1-A of the Sexual Offences Act Chapter 99. He was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until June 12, 2019. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

Nubian Stuart, a 19-year-old of Freeport, faced Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in Freeport Magistrate’s court #3 Wednesday (March 13) morning, where he was charged with Unlawful Sexual Intercourse contrary to Section 10 1-A of the Sexual Offences Act Chapter 99.

Dressed in a red and white hooded jacket, blue jeans and white tennis, a handcuffed, worried looking Stuart was escorted into the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre.

Upon his arrival in the courtroom Magistrate Ferguson informed the accused that it is alleged that on March 5, 2019 at Freeport, he had unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old female.

Stuart was questioned whether he understood the charge to which he answered, “Yes ma’am.

Magistrate Ferguson continued by informing the teen that the case will be conducted as a preliminary inquiry (PI) matter. At such time she advised him that evidence will be called for the Magistrate’s Court to examine and determine if he is to stand trial at the next available sitting of the Supreme Court, here in Freeport.

Again, the magistrate asked the accused if he understood, to which he answered that he did.

She then informed him that based on the accusations before him, bail could not be granted at the Magistrate’s Court level.

“The Bail Act Section 43-A says to me, as a magistrate, that I cannot grant you bail. That does not mean that you are not entitled, it means that you have to go to another forum for the issue of bail to be reviewed.”

She informed the accused that he would be given an application form to apply for bail if he so chose to; however, until such time he would be remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison (Bahamas Department of Correctional Services) in the capital.

Stuart is expected to return to the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on June 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

She advised persons that were present in the courtroom, believed to be family members of the accused, if they had not already done so, to provide Stuart with some items of clothing and toiletries to take along with him, while on remand.

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