Sexual assault trial continues Monday

A police reservist accused of the sexual assault of a teenage girl allegedly identified himself and his accuser in surveillance footage, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.

Dwayne Decosta, 55, has denied an unlawful sexual intercourse charge at his trial before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson.

Prosecutors allege that he had the 13-year-old perform a sex act on him on July 14, 2018.

She was at the station for safekeeping until a guardian was notified.

Investigating Officer Inspector Altida Bowles said she interviewed Decosta in the presence of his lawyer Crystal Rolle on July 16.

Bowles said he refused to sign his answers to the questions in the interview. However, the video was recorded and will be played for the jury on Monday.

According to Bowles, Decosta agreed to give a statement, which he wrote himself.

Bowles said that Decosta was shown surveillance footage at the station.

Bowles said Decosta declined to participate in an identification parade.

Jacqueline Burrows and Perry McHardy are prosecuting. Murrio Ducille represents Decosta.

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Artesia Davis

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

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