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Jury acquits bartender in date rape case

A jury on Tuesday unanimously acquitted a man accused of raping his date.

Blenrick Miller never denied the sexual encounter with the foreign teacher, whom he met while working the bar at a gated community in eastern New Providence, but said that his accuser was a willing participant in the events of October 14, 2016.

The eight-woman, one-man jury believed Miller and returned a not guilty verdict after deliberating for an hour.

The alleged victim didn’t immediately report the sexual assault.

Police began their investigation when she reported the matter October 24, 2016.

During a confrontation held between them at the Central Detective Unit (CDU), Miller said that the sex was consensual, while the woman said that it wasn’t.

The jury heard from the alleged victim’s roommate who testified that she was withdrawn when she returned from her outing.

The roommate said Miller’s accuser usually came straight to her room after dates and shared the details of her experiences.

The roommate said that the accuser didn’t respond when she asked her how the date was.

The roommate said on checking her phone, she noticed that her friend had texted her “help” before she came home.

Miller’s lawyer, Wayne Munroe, QC, pointed out that the victim had no visible bruises on her skin, although she claimed that she fell on a tiled floor while struggling with him.

He also pointed out that she lived down the street from a police station.

Joel Seymour prosecuted.

Artesia Davis

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