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Rape case put off

Attorneys on both sides have closed their cases in the trial of Constable Daniel Smith, who is accused of raping a teenage girl while on duty.

Closing arguments were scheduled for Tuesday, but defense lawyer Ramona Farquharson was ill.

Supreme Court Justice Vera Watkins adjourned the matter to today.

Smith, 21, is on trial for the alleged rape of a19-year-old woman on September 28, 2009. He has denied the accusations in an unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock and did not call any witnesses in his defense.

Smith was not subjected to cross-examination because he did not give sworn evidence.

According to the young woman, she and her boyfriend were at Goodman’s Bay with another couple when Smith and his partner arrived.

Smith and his partner allegedly separated the women from their dates. He allegedly got into the alleged victim’s car and had her drive to Fox Hill Road south, where he allegedly raped her.

The woman alleged that she dropped Smith back to the Fox Hill Police Station and he told her that he could”get away with murder”because he was the nephew of a high-ranking policeman.

Smith told jurors that the allegations had disrupted his life. He admitted to using poor judgment by getting into the woman’s car, but he denied that he raped her.

Smith asked jurors,”I ask you humbly that you find me innocent of this matter. It’s not of my character. I would never rape anyone.”

Basil Cumberbatch and Crispin Rolle are the prosecutors.

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