Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Neil Rowe was arraigned in the Oistins Court moments ago, charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with a female last month.
Rowe, the two-time MP for St Michael North West, was not required to plead to the charge that he raped the woman on September 18th this year.
The politician was represented by attorneys Roger Forde (KC) and Safiya Moore.
Following no objection from the prosecutor, acting Inspector Peter Barrow, Rowe was granted $10 000 bail with one surety by Magistrate Deidre McKenna on his first appearance and the matter was adjourned until January 30th next year.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley had named veteran MP, Cynthia Forde as the new Deputy Speaker of the House, with effect from tomorrow.
Rowe arrived at Oistins in a police vehicle at 9.31 a.m., and was flanked by three members of the Barbados Police Service as he entered the court.
The accused man was met by a flurry of activity outside the court, where journalists had gathered.
Rowe hid his face under a blue scarf as he entered the court wearing a white shirt jack and navy blue pants.
Also at court for support, was the Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Labour Party, Pat Parris, and other party members.
McKenna told the attorneys present she was sure the Commissioner of Police, Richard Boyce would take note of all that had transpired, and take any necessary action. (BA)