TREVOR Redman breathed a sigh of relief when the foreman of a nine-member jury announced yesterday he was not guilty of having sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl ten years ago.
His accuser wept silently.
The matter was heard before Justice St Clair Douglas in the Fifth Criminal Court at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain. The jury was comprised of eight men and one woman.
According to the evidence led on behalf of the State by attorneys Jennifer Martin and Sunita Ramjattan, the girl was in the bedroom of a house sometime in February 2003. The alleged victim testified that Redman entered the bedroom with either bay rum or "Alcolado" to rub her down because she was unwell.
The court heard the girl was asked by Redman if she trusted him and she said yes. It was alleged he then proceeded to have sexual intercourse with her.
It was also alleged that on June 15, 2003, Redman rubbed his penis against the girl's genitals while she was lying on a couch.
A report was made to the police on June 18, 2003, and Redman was arrested by PC (now Cpl) Miriam Feret.
In his defence, 48-year-old Redman, who told the jury he was a "hustler", denied committing the offences.
He said he had cause to scold the girl sometime before, and she fabricated the story in an attempt to get back at him.
The not-guilty verdict was announced after the jury deliberated on the evidence for close to three hours.
Redman was represented by attorney Shalini Khan.