Bailed after being charged with rape of American student Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:00

A day after arriving in the country, a 17-year-old student from California was raped in San Pedro by a man that was introduced to her by a relative. The alleged attacker, Eldon Williams, was initially denied bail and remanded to prison after he was charged with a single count of rape when he appeared in the San Pedro Magistrate Court. Williams took his case to the Supreme Court and was successful in securing bail with the aid of his attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley.

On Friday, Aril 28, 2017, fifteen days after the incident, Williams’ bail application was heard before Supreme Court Judge Adolph Lucas who granted him bail in the sum of $10,000 and a surety of the same amount. Williams was ordered to stay away from the victim or any prosecution witness. Williams was also ordered to report to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court once a week and to attend all court adjournments and his next court date set for May 5, 2017.

According to the student’s police report, made in the presence of her 52-year-old mother, on Saturday, April 15, 2017 she arrived in San Pedro at around 8:00 a.m. and was to leave the country on Monday, April 17. While staying with her mother at a popular hotel on the island, she was introduced to a man with dreadlocks only known to her as Eldon. She told police that on the following day, at around 12:20 a.m., she was sleeping face up and woke up to someone having sexual intercourse with her. She looked up and saw that it was the man she has known as Eldon. He tried to kiss her and she turned away but he continued to have intercourse with her against her will. The ordeal lasted for about ten minutes and after he left, she called a friend back home then exited the hotel room where she met a security guard. She told him and the police was called in.