Man accused of indecent assault ‘not treated fairly’
The lawyer of a Haitian man accused of indecently assaulting a coworker he had offered a ride argued that he had not been treated fairly.
Attorney Keevon Maynard said that Loody Loriston, 30, was interviewed with a Haitian Creole interpreter although he did not speak fluent English.
Because of this, Maynard said that Loriston did not understand the accusations against him.
In response, the prosecutor, Sergeant Lincoln McKenzie, said Loriston preyed on the woman and took advantage of her when she finally accepted a ride from him.
Prosecutors say that Loriston touched the woman inappropriately on January 25.
The woman, who had recently relocated to New Providence from a Family Island, said that she accepted a ride from Loriston.
She said that he was supposed to take her to her home in Market Street, but he took a route unfamiliar to her before he parked through a dead end in Hillside Estates and touched her breast and genitals.
The woman said she fought him off and ran to a nearby house. She said she didn’t tell the woman about the assault, but told her that she needed a ride.
Magistrate Samuel McKinney will give his decision on May 13.