– Apartment where sex act reportedly committed 10 years ago didn’t exist – ‘new victim’
Johnny Welshman Jnr, the young man at the centre of an alleged sex scandal against Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman, and his father Johnny Welshman Snr, has now implicated a Yarrowkabra businessman, claiming that the man abused him 10 years ago.
But investigators who took the accuser to the Soesdyke/Linden Highway area found that the scene of the alleged rape did not even exist 10 years ago. Like Trotman, the businessman knows Welshman’s father. Kaieteur News understands that it was shortly after noon on September 29, last, that Welshman, who was in the company of several police ranks, visited the business place at Yarrowkabra, a small community along the trails, just off the highway.
The businessman said that he saw the people walking through his gate and thought they were customers. “I really didn’t take it seriously…but is when they said they had an allegation against me, everything changed.”
Kaieteur News was told that the businessman was told of the allegation, which said that he sexually molested the young man some ten years ago on his property.
The man said that he was shocked and very disturbed about the allegation, and denied it outright in the presence of the police and Welshman.
“I was very vocal about it…Immediately after they told me I said no…This can’t be the same person or house,” the businessman said.
He said that at this point the police requested to search his property, something he initially refused to do. However, after speaking with his wife and another friend he allowed them to enter the house.
According to the businessman, the police instructed the accuser to point to spot where the alleged sex act happened. According to the businessman who asked that his name be kept out of the saga, “Soon as he walked in the house he look dazed….It’s like if he now seeing the place for the first time and feeling his way around.”
The man said that Welshman pointed to a section of the building in which he said he was sexually molested.
The funny thing about that section of the property is that it was only constructed three years ago. “He point to this wall…now everybody in the community knows that I only did this extension to the property recently.”
The businessman, to support his claims, even has dated photographs when the business place was a mere shack. While in the company of the businessman and police, the accuser continuously asked about another one of his father’s friend who lived a short distance away.
“He keep asking for the man, but is a good thing the man living abroad because he would have been dragged into this nonsense, too,” the businessman said.
After pointing to the spot where the “alleged incident” happened, the businessman said that investigators invited him to the Criminal Investigation Department. The man said that this again took him by surprise, but he nevertheless complied.
Upon arriving at the station the man said that the police asked him to give a statement. He said that he started to become agitated. “I told them that I wasn’t giving any statement since I already told them I didn’t know this Welshman character.”
He further told Kaieteur News that the police subsequently drafted up a document which stated that he had refused to give a statement. The business said that he signed that.
Thinking that it was the end of his ordeal, the businessman said he was taken into a dark, rat infested cell. The man said he spent approximately eight hours in the cell, until about 22:00hrs that night before the Crime Chief, Leslie James, said that he could be released.
To date the businessman said that he has not heard back from the police.
Earlier last month Welshman came forward with allegations that Trotman had sexually assaulted him as a child. These allegations have been denied flatly by Trotman, who call the actions of Welshman “malicious”.
The High Court has also granted an injunction barring Welshman from publishing, whether in the print or electronic media, any material relating to allegations he made against Trotman.
That matter is still pending in the courts.
Welshman had also claimed to have met with the Venezuelan Ambassador, something the embassy here in Georgetown has denied, too.
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