Tree-dweller remanded on buggery charge
A 59-year-old man who is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old special-needs boy, was again remanded in custody for psychiatric treatment, when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
The youth, who is a ward of the state, was allegedly assaulted after he visited the accused at his tree house on March 23.
According to police reports, the complainant left school about 9:00 am and went to the accused man's place where he spent the night.
It is further reported that during the stay, the accused reportedly fondled the child's genitals and sexually assaulted him.
The accused was arrested the following morning when residents saw him with the child in the community and called the police.
The juvenile allegedly informed the police of the ordeal and the man was charged with buggery and gross indecency.
Yesterday, the accused, who is yet to plead, was remanded in custody by Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey and is to return to court on June 28.