Woman accuses co-worker of indecent assault
A man who offered a co-worker a ride home indecently assaulted her instead, prosecutors allege.
Loody Loriston, 30, of Lincoln Boulevard, is on trial before Magistrate Samuel McKinney on accusations that he groped the woman on January 25, 2019.
Loriston, who is on bail, has denied the charge.
The 25-year-old woman broke down in tears as Loriston’s lawyer, Keevon Maynard, repeatedly accused her of lying on Loriston.
She sobbed, “I’m telling the truth; he touched me.”
The woman, whose name has been withheld to protect her identity, said that she and Loriston worked in the same department at a hotel.
According to her, Loriston first took her to FirstCaribbean Bank on Madeira Street, and was supposed to take her to Market Street from there.
The woman said she assumed that Loriston was taking a shortcut, as he kept cutting through corners that she was unfamiliar with.
The woman said Loriston eventually parked through a corner she had never seen before and then started fondling her breasts and private parts.
The woman said that she fought Loriston off and ran to a neighboring home for help.
That’s when Loriston drove off, she said.
The woman said that she knocked on the door but the woman refused to let her in.
However, the woman did call her boyfriend to collect her and from there, they reported the matter to the police.
The woman said she was unfamiliar with the area where the incident occurred. The woman who called her boyfriend for her said she lived though Hillside Estates, off Mackey Street.
The prosecutor, Inspector Philip Davis, asked, “Did you give him permission to touch you?”
She replied, “No, sir.”
Davis continued, “How did that make you feel?”
She said, “I felt violated.”
Although Loriston is listed as a Bahamian on the docket, he followed the proceedings with the assistance of Creole interpreter Charlene Jean.
The trial continues on April 4.