Kirk Cornish Spent the Evening in GB Under Questioning in Sexual Assault Case
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North Abaco Member of Parliament Kirk Cornish was in Grand Bahama on Thursday to answer questions about the sexual assault allegations leveled at him by his former girlfriend.
The questioning took place at a police station in the nation’s second city where the complaint was made. The announcement of his appearance accompanied by a lawyer, drew attention and widespread public debate that his historic surrender brings.
Many Bahamians took to social media to express, “No one is above the law,” when the authorities announced that Cornish “turned himself in” around 5:25 pm.
Cornish, who is a sitting member of parliament, was asked about his encounters with the unnamed woman who accused him of choking her twice near unconsciousness, then poking her in the eye, before threatening to kill her family.
She alleged on March 24 while spending time in Nassau together, Cornish held a knife to her throat and attempted to stab her. Then on April 4, he ripped off her pants and underwear and forced himself on her.
When she filed an official complaint against him on April 7, he was not questioned immediately, until Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander announced this week that Cornish would be brought in during the week to answer questions in regard to the accusations after their preliminary investigations were completed.
Though the media did not outrightly identify him as the person accused of the sexual assault, they asked him about the allegations as he arrived at Parliament, to which Cornish replied, “No comment.”
The woman told the media “…something has to be done because he needs help, and whatever route that takes, it has to be done. I didn’t do this to hurt him, I did this to help him.”
It remains to be seen if police have sufficient evidence to charge him with a crime.