A former student of a Georgetown Bible college was on Tuesday acquitted of a rape charge by a 12-member jury at the Demerara High Court.
The matter was heard before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow.
The jury unanimously delivered a not-guilty verdict on the rape charge as well as the alternative count of sexual offence.
Samuel Whaul, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was accused of raping his 21-year-old colleague.
It was reported that Whaul, on October 25, 2018, while in the vicinity of Georgetown, engaged in sexual penetration with the young woman without her consent.
Following the incident, a report was made to the Police, and Whaul was arrested. He was released on $200,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
He remained on bail until the determination of the matter on Tuesday. The State was represented by Prosecutors Sarah Martin and Nafeeza Baig, while Whaul was represented by Attorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson.