Man acquitted of burglary and indecent assault

A judge on Tuesday directed a jury to acquit Peter Estimable of burglary and indecent assault after finding that he did not have a case to answer.

Prosecutors had accused Estimable of breaking into a New Providence home around 4 a.m. on August 12, 2018 and touching the genitals of a 10-year-old girl as she lay in bed.

However, the trial took a shocking turn when the now 14-year-old testified that the person who did those things was not on trial.

The witness assured that she would be able to identify the perpetrator if she saw him again, as she insisted that Estimable was not the culprit.

Justice Deborah Fraser withdrew the case from the jury after hearing submissions from defense counsel Sonia Timothy and prosecutor T’shura Ambrose.

Despite his acquittal, Estimable remains in custody.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison on September 5, the day before his trial began, after pleading guilty to violating his bail conditions.

Prosecutors had alleged that Estimable had allowed the battery charge on his electronic monitoring device to get to zero percent twice.

In 2018, then Acting Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs criticized the 2016 amendment to the Bail Act that criminalized violating bail conditions, saying that it created “double jeopardy”.

Isaacs urged that the legislation be revisited as it was possible for someone to be imprisoned for violating bail conditions for a matter they were subsequently acquitted of.

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Artesia Davis

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

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