A teacher who accused a man of date rape did not immediately report the incident to the police, although she lived near a police station, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.
Blenrick Miller is on trial for the alleged sexual assault of the woman at his home in October 2016.
Miller has denied the charge at his trial before Justice Renae McKay.
The alleged victim’s roommate testified that she was withdrawn after she returned home around 12 a.m. on October 15, from a date with the defendant.
The witness, whose name has been withheld to protect the alleged victim’s identity, said the woman didn’t come into her room as she usually did and tell her what happened during the date.
The witness said when she checked her phone, she noticed that her roommate had texted her “help” at 11:36 p.m. on October 14.
A week later, the witness said her roommate finally told her about the date and she suggested that she report the matter to police.
Wayne Munroe, QC, who represents Miller, asked the woman where they had lived in 2016.
The witness replied that they shared an apartment on Prince Charles Drive, near the Seagrapes Shopping Center.
Munroe said, “Not far from the Elizabeth Estates Police Station that’s open 24 hours.”
The witness agreed.
Also testifying was ASP Debra Thompson who said she held a confrontation between Miller and his accuser at the Central Detective Unit in December 2016.
Thompson said the woman maintained her accusation of sexual assault but Miller claimed that the sex was consensual.
Joel Seymour is prosecuting.