Artist, bus driver among trio committed to stand trial for rape

Three young men accused of raping a woman were yesterday committed to stand trial in the High Court at the conclusion of paper committal proceedings.

The announcement was made by Magistrate Judy Latchman who presided over the case at the Georgetown Magistrates’ court.

Their trial will commence in the High Court at the next practical sitting of the criminal assizes.

The matter was held in-camera (to the exclusion of the public) because of the nature of the charge.

Travis Evans, 29, and John Sampson and Alex Williams, both 20, are accused of the October 30, 2010 charge, which states that at Georgetown they engaged in sexual penetration of a woman without her consent and without them reasonably believing that she consented.

The jointly charged trio has not been required to plea to the indictable charge of rape.

Evans resides at 85 Norton Street, Lodge. Sampson, a minibus driver, lives at 53 Princes Street. Meanwhile, Williams, an artist, has his abode at 135 Turning Point Grove, East Bank Demerara.

At their initial arraignment on January 11, 2012 they were all admitted to bail; Williams, in the sum of $250,000 and Sampson and Evans, $200,000 each.

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