Trial begins for former officer accused sexual assault of 13-year-old girl

Trial begins for former officer accused sexual assault of 13-year-old girl

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — the trial of a former police officer who is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a thirteen-year-old girl back in 2018 began yesterday in the Supreme Court.

Dwayne Decosta, 55, a former police reserve sergeant, appeared before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson for day one of his trial. Decosta is charged with unlawful sexual intercourse of a 13-year-old female back in July 14, 2018 at the East Street South Police Station.

Yesterday, the Crown presented three witnesses. The first witness, who works in Crime Scene Investigations, presented photographs of the alleged location of the incident.

The second witness, the officer in charge of the station in question, gave an account of what was reported to him during the time in question. He told the court he obtained surveillance footage from both the police station and the gas station that is located across street from the station.

When asked what is the normal protocol for women who are presented at a police station, the officer in charge said if a woman is in custody then a female officer would deal with her.

The officer in charge described this incident as a peculiar one. He further stated that the 13-year-old girl was not in custody and that she was only there for safekeeping in the foyer until a guardian was contacted.

A third witness, who works at the East Street South Police Station, submitted that he received instructions to obtain surveillance footage from the nearby gas station and to transport the downloaded images of the alleged scene to the Central Detective Unit.

The minor is expected in court today to testify.

 

Decosta is represented by attorney Murrio Ducille.