Complainant dead so Elephant Man freed of rape, buggery, assault charges

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elephant-man-photos-4.jpgFour years after an alleged incident, flambouyant dancehall deejay, Oniel 'Elephant Man' Bryan has been freed of charges of rape, buggery and grievous sexual assault.

The complainant was buried on January 17, less than a month before the case was called up.

It said under the Evidence Amendment Act, it would not be allowed to submit the complainant's written statement.

Justice Marcia Dunbar Green then instructed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.

The police said the charges against Bryan stemmed from an incident at his St. Andrew home in January 2012.

Investigators say a woman filed a police report claiming that the artiste had sexually assaulted her.When he appeared in the Home Circuit Court on Monday, the crown offered no evidence against him.

The jury was impaneled and directed by Justice Marcia Dunbar-Green to enter a formal verdict of not guilty.

Elephant Man, who was represented by attorneys Linda Wright and Jacqueline Asher, was charged with rape stemming from a January 2012 incident involving a 31-year-old woman at his Hillcrest Avenue home in St Andrew.