Menu
Jan 24 - New Fire Control Operator For Fire And Rescue Service

Jan 24 - New Fire Control Operator …

Fire Control Operator (FC...

Jan 24 - Deputy Chief Minister Visits Chess Festival

Jan 24 - Deputy Chief Minister Visi…

The Deputy Chief Minister...

Jan 24 - Government To Target Owners Of Unregistered Dogs

Jan 24 - Government To Target Owner…

The Government has said t...

Jan 23 - University Of Gibraltar Launches Its School of Sport

Jan 23 - University Of Gibraltar La…

The University of Gibralt...

Jan 23 - Special Olympics Athlete Francis Mauro Meets Lord Coe

Jan 23 - Special Olympics Athlete F…

Special Olympics Gibralta...

Jan 23 - GSD Criticises Government’s “Poor Performance” In Dog DNA Initiative

Jan 23 - GSD Criticises Government’…

The GSD has today critici...

Jan 23 - Fire And Rescue Service Completes Ambulance Service Transfer To GHA

Jan 23 - Fire And Rescue Service Co…

The Gibraltar Fire and Re...

Jan 23 - No1 Models Presents The 8th Miss Teen Gibraltar Pageant

Jan 23 - No1 Models Presents The 8t…

The Miss Teen Gibraltar i...

Jan 22 - Agony Aunt Beats The January Blues

Jan 22 - Agony Aunt Beats The Janua…

It’s been a while but our...

Jan 22 - Darren Grech Appointed Chief Secretary

Jan 22 - Darren Grech Appointed Chi…

- Ernest Gomez will retir...

Prev Next

Aug 31 – Man Found Not Guilty Of Sexual Activity With Underage Girl

A 19-year-old man was cleared of one count of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16 at the end of a Supreme Court trial today.

The jury took just under four hours to deliver a unanimous not guilty verdict.

The case dates back to April 2016, when both the defendant and the complainant went out drinking on a night out together and proceeded to have sexual intercourse.  

The case was brought before the judicial system because the complainant was 13 years old at the time, and Prosecutor Ricky Rhoda QC, assisted by Johann Fernandez, explained to the jury that the law was designed to “protect young girls from themselves”.

Today, in his closing arguments, defence barrister Chris Miles described his client as a “somewhat awkward, nervous [and] with a short attention span” young 18-year-old man at the time, who had no experience with life, women or relationships. The defence claimed the defendant didn’t know the complainant was 13 years old when the incident occurred.

Mr Miles, who was assisted by Justin Rodriguez, said: “Members of the jury, you cannot be sure he knew her age on the evidence, the prosecution has not proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

“Only you can save him now. You can end this now. The prosecution said in its opening that this law was designed to protect young girls from themselves. But who protects young men who are manipulated into believing she is older? You do, members of the jury – you are the safety net of the justice system.”

The case was presided over by the Chief Justice Anthony Dudley.


Useful Links

 
www.easy.office.gi
Virtual & Physical Office Space in Gibraltar

Other Items