Not Guilty was the verdict brought down against the two men who were accused of kidnapping and indecently assaulting a 17 year old against her will.
The case which began on June 1st saw the defendants contending that the alleged kidnapping was all a part of the teenagers plot to scam $500,000 from her mother.
One of the defendants while on trial admitted to taking the girl who was 17 at the time of the alleged crime from Coolidge to her father’s farm in Folly’s on June 7th, 2011 but added that she had went with him voluntarily.
In an unsworn statement he told the court how he used a cell, allegedly belonging to the other accused to call the victim’s mother in an attempt to extort money from her.
He reported that after informing the teen that it did not appear that her mother would pay, she began crying stating that the $500,000 belonged to her and that she wanted it to buy a car and pay for her boyfriend’s education.
Meantime, the young woman alleged that she was blind folded and taken to a shed on a farm where she was held overnight. She said she had never seen the kidnappers face.
The jury of 12 was not convinced of the kidnapping nor of the charge of indecent assault and dropped both charges.
However one of the man accused was found guilty of demanding money after admitting that he was the one who called the teen’s mother demanding money.
He was remanded into custody and is to re-appear in court before Justice Albert Redhead on June 30th when he will be sentenced. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years.