Teenage Girl lied on Jerod Dawson Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

On Tuesday June 17, Caye Caulker tattoo artist, Jerod Dawson was acquitted of sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl. Dawson was accused of putting a hickey on the young girl’s neck on May 23, 2014 whilst she was on the island’s basketball court

The trial started before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith where Dawson was represented by Kathleen Lewis. In the trial the child gave evidence alleging that it was Dawson who placed a hickey on her neck. In cross examination however, Dawson’s attorney managed to extract from the victim, who is now 14, that she had fabricated the entire story. Lewis was able to have the girl admit that when her mother saw the hickey and began to administer a beating on her that she yelled out the name Dawson saying it was he who put the vamp on her. The child’s mother also testified that it was when she was beating her daughter that she said it was Dawson.

As a result of this Lewis made a no case submission which the Chief Magistrate agreed with and set Dawson free of the sexual assault charge. In making her decision the Chief Magistrate noted that, there were difficulties and inconsistency in the crown’s case.  The main difficulty was the credibility of the victim who gave two statements. She admitted that her first statement to the police was a lie and that the second statement was the truth however both statements were the same.