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Minor forced to take pills to induce miscarriage- Court hears

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A man and a woman were placed before the Magistrate’s Court on July 12, 2017 for allegedly procuring and administering a poisonous or noxious substance to a minor with the intent to produce a miscarriage. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A man and woman were charged with procuring and administering a poisonous or noxious substance to a minor with the intent to produce a miscarriage.

Based on allegations brought before the Magistrate’s Court, yesterday, July 12, 2017, both accused administered a number of pills to a pregnant 14-year-old girl which resulted in a miscarriage.

To protect the identity of the minor, the court has ordered that the name of the accused be withheld.

Forced to take pills

The minor disclosed to the authorities that she met a young man during the summer of 2016 at a party and they engaged in sexual activities a few times thereafter.

She also revealed during an interview that she did not know the name of the young man but he was the person that impregnated her.

The 14-year-old girl found out that she was pregnant during May of last year, when she fell ill at school and thereafter she visited a clinic with her mother.

It was further alleged that the man accused of assisting with the miscarriage was informed about the minor’s pregnancy and then became upset.

The 43-year-old woman accused, according to the court, visited the resident of the teen with two boxes of pills after being informed of the minor’s pregnancy.

It was reported that she then gave the minor instructions on how to consume the pills to enable the miscarriage.

On the day in question, she allegedly instructed the teen to take the first set of pills every two hours until completion.

Following, the female accused gave the minor another set of pills to be taken the next day, twice daily.

A total of 16 pills were administered but it was heard by the court that the minor only consumed 12 pills, as they were making her very ill.

‘I ain’t do nothing like that’

Following the ingestion of the 12 pills, the minor began to experience bleeding for a couple of days, which caused her to miss school.

On May 11, 2017, the male accused was arrested by the authorities and he denied the allegations during a police interview. He reportedly told the police, “I ain’t do nothing like that,” adding that he thought she was on her period.

The man claimed that he told the woman accused about the minor’s pregnancy but when she (woman accused) visited, he was not aware of what happened between the two.

It was reported that the woman was approached by the police in relation to the incident but she denied being involved at all.

The man and woman accused, who were being represented by Attorney Stephen R. Daniels, were granted a $70,000 bail, along with conditions, by Senior Magistrate Tamia N. Richards.

The woman was cautioned to stay away from the minor and report to the Road Town Police Station three days per week. The man accused was advised not harass the teen.

Both accused are required to return to court on September 29, 2017.

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