‘Magic’ guilty of sex crime

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Former sports reporter Ian “Magic” Hughes has been convicted of indecent assault and could spend five years in jail for the crime he committed on a 13-year-old school girl.
Under the Sexual Offences Act, indecent assault is described as an offence involving unwanted sexual contact.
In this case, Hughes, who was 50 years old at the time, touched the child’s breasts and tried to force her to kiss him more than once, while they were in his vehicle.
Crown Counsel Rilys Adams confirmed that the prosecution’s case was that the indecent assault occurred on the night of June 12, 2012 when the well-known media personality was taking the teen home from a football match.
During the week-long trial, the Court heard that Hughes, who is now 56, offered the child a ride home and he violated her while driving from Gunthorpes to St. John’s.
Hughes, who was represented by John Fuller, denied all the allegations during his testimony after he swore on the Bible to tell the truth. He said all he did that night was drive the girl home.
The jury asked Hughes whether he smokes/uses marijuana and he said no.
The newly convicted man was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison until January 16 next year, pending sentencing.
Hughes is known across Antigua and Barbuda for his sports news reporting for several media organisations. He is also a known radio personality for commentary on sports and other issues, to include politics.

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