EXCLUSIVE: British Businessman, 41, Is Accused Of Raping A British Airways Stewardess At A Barbados Five-Star Hotel
- Daniel Johnson appeared before magistrates in the island’s capital, Bridgetown.
- He was given £4,000 bail but ordered to hand over his passport so he could not leave.
A British businessman has been accused of raping a British Airways flight attendant on the island of Barbados.
Daniel Johnson appeared before magistrates in the island’s capital, Bridgetown, to be formally charged with the offence.
Johnson, 41, was granted £4,000 bail but was ordered to surrender his passport so he could not leave the island.
Magistrate Ian Weekes also ordered him to report to a police station twice a week as part of his bail conditions.
Johnson is a partner in an electric vehicle sales company called Endless Electrics and has lived in Barbados for the past seven years.
Daniel Johnson (pictured) appeared before magistrates in the island’s capital, Bridgetown, to be formally charged with the offence.
Johnson is a partner in an electric vehicle sales company called Endless Electrics and has lived in Barbados for the past seven years (pictured: a Barbados beach)
The alleged violation took place in a five-star hotel during a stopover by the crew member, who is about 20 years old.
Police said the woman knew Johnson and they had been out for lunch together with other members of the BA team.
The alleged victim claimed she was attacked after inviting him back to her £300-a-night hotel room during a layover between flights.
The woman remained on the island while police launched an investigation into the rape allegation.
A BA flight from Barbados to London earlier this week had to be canceled after four of the woman’s colleagues were asked to make statements to police.
More than 150 passengers were put up in a hotel overnight without realizing the shocking reason for the sudden cancellation.
British Airways sent its own investigator and support assistance to the crew member while the police carried out their investigations.
Police were initially unable to locate the suspect, but he was later arrested.
The detectives’ questioning had to be postponed after the suspect was found to have covid.
Barbados Police spokesman Inspector Rodney Innis said: “British Airways employees have given statements on the matter.
An airline source said: “This has been an unimaginable time for the flight attendant and her fellow passengers.”
‘What was one of the most magical parts of working for BA, going out into the city of Barbados and staying in a fancy hotel, turned into a nightmare.
“The flight attendant was brave enough to go to the police and report the attack.
“And his colleagues did not hesitate to provide supporting statements as part of the ongoing investigation.”
Another insider said: ‘BA bosses did not hesitate to cancel the flight home, despite the cost and inconvenience to passengers. Staff is always the priority in these situations.
“The airline has experienced support now on the ground in Barbados and everything possible will be done to care for the woman and her colleagues.
“Everyone supports the flight attendant and supports the Barbados Police in every way possible.”
Johnson was not asked to plead guilty and will appear in court again next month.
He was represented by a local lawyer, Lalu Hanuman.