An Independent Baptist pastor from Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, who is charged with rape and assault occasioning bodily harm, is to appear in the St Elizabeth Parish court today.

Fifty-eight-year-old Lehman Webster allegedly assaulted a minor at her grandmother’s home in October 2017.

Webster allegedly held the girl by the throat and during a tussle, he kicked her in the abdomen. He then allegedly held a rag over her mouth and nose and pushed her into a room where he forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

The matter was reported to the police.

Following investigations, Webster was arrested and charged last month. He is being held in custody without bail.

However, a bail application is expected to be made on his behalf in court today.