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Jet ski operator charged with rape of American tourist

A jet ski operator arrested on suspicion of the sexual assault of an American tourist last weekend was formally charged with rape yesterday.

Prosecutors allege that D’Roy Mackey, 34, of Windsor Place, raped the 30-year-old visitor at Cabbage Beach on May 4.

Mackey was not required to enter a plea to the rape charge when he made his initial court appearance before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.

Mackey will plead to the charge once the matter is transferred to the Supreme Court for trial.

This is expected to happen on June 13 when Mackey is served with a voluntary bill of indictment.

McKinney remanded Mackey into custody as he lacks jurisdiction to consider bail for the offense.

However, Mackey can seek bail in the Supreme Court.

In other court news, two other accused sexual offenders appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday for arraignment.

When he appeared before Justice Bernard Turner, Jamal Ferguson pleaded not guilty to charges that he attempted to rape a woman and robbed her of a phone and cash on February 12, 2019.

Turner has transferred the case to Justice Carolita Bethell for trial and Ferguson is set to appear before her on May 24 for a status hearing.

Another man accused of the statutory rape of a teenage girl also denied the charge at his arraignment before Turner.

Ashley Moss, 30, of Armbrister Street, is accused of two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.

Prosecutors say that Moss raped the 15-year-old girl in December 2017 and January 2018.

Moss, who is on bail, makes his next court appearance on May 23 before Justice Deborah Fraser.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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