Parents of sex assault complainant overcome with emotion
Gerald Edmund Pike is escorted by Sheriff's officers at provincial court in this Telegram file photo. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
Emotions erupted in provincial court this morning as Gerald Edmund Pike, 45, was led into a court room on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl Tuesday in St. John's.
The parents of the young girl were in the court room when Sheriff's officers brought Pike in, the mother crying uncontrollably. The girl's father shouted at Pike, "You're not safe," and put his fingers across his throat in a slashing motion.
Sherriff's officers escorted the accused back out of the room until Judge Greg Brown was on the bench.
Pike's case was set over until Nov. 6.
As he was led out of court, the girl's father again made gestures at the accused. Brown told him he's not permitted to do that in court and the father apologized.
"He raped my daughter," the father said to reporters.
Pike is charged with two counts of sexual assault, theft under $5,000 for allegedly stealing property from the girl and one count of breaching probation.
Police received a report of a sexual assault on a female Tuesday in the area of The Rooms parking lot off Harvey Road shortly before 11 p.m.
The RNC issued an advisory Wednesday asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact police.
Given the sensitive nature of sex-related offences and privacy concerns regarding the identification of the female victim, the RNC said it will not be releasing any other details about the complainant.