A St. Lucian national was on Tuesday granted EC$7,000 cash bail when he appeared before Magistrate Zoila Ellis-Browne on two sex charges.

Joven Alexander pleaded not guilty to a charge that on October 27 at Clare Valley, he entered a dwelling house with the intention to assault a female therein.

He also pleaded not guilty to a charge that on the same date, at Clare Valley, with intent to commit the offence of indecent assault, on a lady, he did an act which was more than merely preparatory to the commission of the offence.

Prosecutor Shamrock Pierre objected to bail when Alexander was arraigned at the Calliaqua Magistrate’s Court.

The prosecutor noted that the accused man is a St. Lucian national, adding that given the porous nature of the Vincentian borders, the defendant could easily abscond, if granted bail. He said the charges against Alexander are serious and asked that they be adjourned and transferred to the Family Court.

In addition to the bail sum, Ellis-Browne ordered Alexander to report to the Central Police Station in Kingstown on Mondays and Fridays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and to surrender his travel documents.

The matter was adjourned and transferred to the Family Court for hearing on November 7.

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