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Posted: 20th September 2002 by admin in 基督教暴行(國際)

Pastor on rape charge gets bail

REVEREND ROYSTON Donaldson, who is accused of raping a 17-year-old member of his congregation, barely managed to get bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident’s Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Donaldson, the pastor of the Jerusalem House of Prayer in Kingston 2, is accused of sexually assaulting the young woman on September 20.

The court was told that on the day in question, the girl and a relative of Donaldson’s went to his home. It is alleged that Donaldson sent the relative to the shop and while she was away the girl was raped. When the relative returned, the girl was seen crying and acting strangely.

The girl went home where the same behaviour was observed by her family. Her mother then inquired of her what was wrong and she told her mother of Reverend Donaldson’s alleged actions.

Talk it over

The court was told that mother allegedly accosted Reverend Donaldson, who reportedly requested that they talk it over because he did not want the alleged matter to go any further lest it bring him into disrepute in the community. However, the mother ignored his alleged request and reported the matter to the Vineyard Town police. Following investigations, Donaldson was arrested and charged.

In court Donaldson’s attorney, Robert Fletcher, stated, “Not withstanding the allegations, prior to this incident this was a man of unblemished character with great standing in the community.”

Fletcher went on to describe Donaldson as being a 53-year-old supervisor at the National Chest Hospital who is married and father to two children.

However, his entreaties were not that moving to R.M. Judith Pusey. She replied, “A pastor, a man who held himself up to a certain standard. If you cannot send your child to your pastor’s house where can you send them?”

She further added that her duty was also to protect the complainant. While R.M Pusey and Fletcher debated, Donaldson was observed in the docks closing his eyes and mumbling, appearing to be praying.

Community still upset

However, the investigating officer informed the court that the community in which Reverend Donaldson and the complainant resided was still upset by the incident.

This information prompted RM Pusey to suggest that it might be safer if Reverend Donaldson was remanded in custody. Fletcher disagreed and contiuned to plead for bail.

“If anything happen to him don’t come back here and say anything to me,” said R.M Pusey before she began to make the bail order.

“Reverend the law is on your side in relation to bail. However, if it were up to me you would not see the sun until this matter is finished. The law says you are entitled to bail and that you are going to get,” said R.M Pusey.

She then offered him $30,000 bail with one surety.