Police officer guilty of raping teenager

A police officer was remanded into custody on Wednesday after he was found guilty of five charges including rape, assault, false imprisonment and grievous sexual assault against a teenager. 

Constable Vishram Ragoo last attached to the Chaguanas CID was charged with a total of six charges but the jury presiding in the San Fernando Second Criminal Assizes found him not guilty on one of the grievous sexual assault charges. 

Following a two-month trial, the nine-member jury returned with their verdicts around 6.30 pm after deliberating for three hours.

The prosecution's case led by state attorneys Veonna Neale-Monroe and Collin Elbourne was that the officer was having an affair with the 17-year-old victim since 2005. 

Following a report made against him by the teenager in 2008, he was charged by Insp Shaun Craig on June 15, 2008.  

The jury found him guilty of committing grievous sexual assault and common assault against the girl on February 4, 2008. 

He was also found guilty of rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and false imprisonment on June 12, 2008. 

The crimes were committed in Freeport.   

During the trial which began on May 21, the jury also heard an audio recording from the victim's phone to support the allegations she made against the officer.  

The state led evidence from ten witnesses while Ragoo opted not to give evidence. 

He, however, called six witnesses including two police constables, his wife and ex-wife, in his defense. 

Ragoo who was out on bail was taken into custody to await sentencing.

He was represented by attorney Selwyn Ramlal.   

The matter was adjourned to September 18. 

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