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Witness tells court more details of alleged abuse

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 19, 2013

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The man who accused his former Eight Mile Rock High School teacher Andre Birbal of raping him had an emotional breakdown in court yesterday as he suggested that he was raped hundreds of times over a number of years.

Prosecutors allege the Trinidadian national had unnatural sexual intercourse with two of his art students during a period that spanned from 2002 to 2007.

Defense attorney Romona Farquharson suggested that after his abuse ended and he was examined in 2009, the doctor told the witness that his hip was “remarkable” and nothing was wrong to indicate that he'd been repeatedly raped.

However, the witness told the court that he had a "slice" on his hip.

"Y'all can't find half of the things," he screamed.

"All of a sudden nothing was found. They had proof. Now they have nothing.”

Farquharson suggested again that the doctors found no signs of trauma when he was examined.

The witness shouted, "What sense would that make?"

Farquharson suggested several times that the witness was lying and accused him of creating "drama" because he is "faced with his lies”.

The witness, who cried throughout his testimony, accused Farquharson of "talking foolishness".

After several minutes of cross examination by Farquharson, the witness started to shake and told Justice Roy Jones that he needed a break.

When he returned, Farquharson suggested again that the doctors found nothing wrong with him in 2009.

He denied that the doctor told him that.

The witness said he went to see the principal in 2009 to report his abuse. He said when he went into the meeting, several people were in the room, including Birbal and several head mistresses.

He told them that Birbal raped him. However, he said no one believed him and Birbal denied the accusation during the meeting.

The incidents allegedly occurred in Grand Bahama.

The Court of Appeal overturned Birbal’s conviction last year and ordered a new trial because the trial judge made mistakes in his direction to the jury, which in its view resulted in a "gross miscarriage of justice".

Darell Taylor and Aaron Johnson are the prosecutors.

The matter was adjourned until Monday at 10:30 a.m.


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