Alleged rape victim’s father testifies

An alleged rape victim was distraught soon after the incident, witnesses told a Supreme Court jury yesterday.

Oswald Poitier has denied the rape accusation made by the 22-year-old woman at his trial before Supreme Court Justice Guillimina Archer-Minns.

The alleged victim’s father testified that he went to Super Wash on Minnie Street after 2 a.m. on May 23, 2018 after his mother woke him.

The witness said he met his daughter, whom he described as “shaken, upset and afraid”.

The man said he asked her what had happened and she replied, “Daddy, I was raped.”

When asked who had raped her, she said, “Oswald Samuel Poitier.”

His daughter then showed him a photo of her alleged rapist on his cellphone, the court heard.

Then, the witness took his daughter to the Central Detective Unit to make a complaint.

Prosecutor Patrick Sweeting asked the witness, “Prior to this date, had your daughter even mentioned this person to you?”

The witness replied, “No.”

“Did she ever say to you that she and Mr. Poitier were in a relationship?”

The witness replied, “No.”

In response to other questions from the prosecutor, the witness said Poitier had never visited his home neither did his daughter introduce him as her boyfriend.

Also testifying was WDC 3265 Latia Davis, who recorded the victim’s complaint and took her to Princess Margaret Hospital with a sexual assault kit.

Asked about the woman’s appearance, Davis recalled, “She was crying a lot; she was distraught.”

Davis said she was present when doctors examined the complainant. Once they were done, they returned the sexual assault kit, Davis said.

Davis said she handed the kit to Sergeant 321 Terrance Smith when she returned to the Central Detective Unit.

Smith testified that he gave the kit to crime scene investigator Corporal 2764 Darren Pierre.

The case continues.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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