May 13, 2014
A judge yesterday halted the trial of a man accused of having sex with a minor after it became apparent he was not competent to represent himself.
Dario Roberts is on trial for unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 14. He has denied the allegation at his trial before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.
Prosecutors allege that Roberts had relations with the girl of 12 on January 19, 2013.
Isaacs adjourned the trial to Wednesday for appointment of a lawyer after Roberts failed to question the alleged victim about her testimony when it was his turn to examine her.
During her testimony, the alleged victim identified Roberts as the man who put his hand down her pants and fondled her genitals when she walked outside a game room around 8:30 p.m.
She said that she told Roberts "never again" and went back inside the game room.
She claimed that someone dragged her behind the establishment as she left around 9:30 p.m. and raped her. The girl, now 13, said she didn't see her attacker because it was dark, but when she escaped, she looked back and saw the accused.
Prodded by the judge, the complainant said she didn't look back until she had reached the corner. The girl said she did not tell her mother what happened when she got home, but she washed her genitals because she was "itching and burning".
The complainant said she told a teacher about the alleged assault after she was unable to run because of the pain. The complainant said a policewoman accompanied her to the clinic.
Asked by prosecutor Darnell Dorsette if she knew the accused, the complainant said she exchanged greetings with him when she went to the game room.
When given the opportunity to question his accuser, Roberts did not suggest that she was lying or mistaken about the identity of her attacker.
He asked the accuser what he was doing in the game room and she replied, "Sitting there, cracking jokes."
Roberts had no further questions.
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News date : 05/13/2014 Category : Nassau Guardian Stories