Not Guilty of Rape Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00

Vanzy Lamb, 38, who stood accused of abducting and raping a 14 year old student walked from the charges after a jury of 6 women and 3 men found him not guilty of the crime.

The girl had alleged that between May 1 and 2, 2009 she was travelling in a vehicle with her cousin on King street when they got involved in an accident. Her cousin ran off and left her behind and she alleged that Lamb came shortly thereafter, took her out of the vehicle, placed her on the bar of his bicycle and rode off with her. She continued to say that she struggled but he punched her in the face and carried her to his home in the Jane Usher Boulevard area where he threw her down on a mattress, placed a knife at her and raped her.

In his defence, Lamb took the stand and subjected himself to cross examination. According to him, on the day of the incident he was at home with his mother and daughter. He said he was there from 8:30p.m and remained there for the entire night. He called his mother as his alibi.

In the sum up of the case Justice Troadio Gonzalez stated that the examining doctor's report, noted that he found sexual trauma on the child which was recent. The doctor, concluded that she was carnally known, however he was not present in court to give this into testimony even though the report was admitted as evidence. The judge noted to the jurors that although the doctor's report was tendered into evidence, the law states that evidence like this should have been produced personally by the doctor to show the legitimacy of the report.

He also pointed to other inconsistencies with the victim's evidence where she said that at first she was unable to identify the attacker from a line up of 9 men. She however was able to do so when the men who were lined up were asked to come closer to where she was.

Before concluding the sum-up Judge Gonzalez also warned the jurors that the accused, Lamb, had no need to prove his innocence yet he chose to give a sworn testimony and was subjected to cross examination by the prosecutor. He then told them that they must give Lamb’s sworn testimony the same weight as that of the victim.