Tevin Vickerie, a 23-year-old taxi driver, who was charged last year for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl, was this afternoon freed of the charge after a jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict. Vickerie had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that between January 1 and 31, 2018 in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration with the underage girl.

Vickerie was represented by Attorney-at-Law Tiffany Jeffery, while the case for the State was presented by Prosecutors Teriq Mohamed and Sarah Martin. During the trial, the prosecution contended that Vickerie was known to the teenage girl.

The prosecution contended that sometime during the period mentioned in the charge, Vickerie picked up the girl in his taxi and took her to an area where he is alleged to have had sex with her. Upon arriving home, the child confided in her parents and the matter was reported to the police. Vickerie was later arrested and charge and had been out on $400,000 bail pending trial.

His trial was heard before Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall at the Sexual Offences Court in Demerara.


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