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Peter Bharat, 23, of Point Fortin, pleaded not guilty to assaulting 10-year-old girl as she made her way to school.

A restaurant worker has been granted $75,000 bail for allegedly beating a 10-year-old girl.

Peter Bharat, 23, of Point Fortin, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Point Fortin Senior Magistrate Alicia Chankar yesterday.

The charge stemmed from an incident on Wednesday in Point Fortin involving a schoolgirl from Fanny Village Government Primary. It was initially reported that there was an attempt to kidnap the child as she made her way to school.

Bharat was charged by PC Jimdar with assault by beating the child at Fanny Village, Cap De Ville, Point Fortin.

Bharat was granted bail at the Point Fortin Police Station on Thursday night in the sum of $25,000 with surety.

However, the magistrate revoked his station bail.

In his bail application, Bharat’s attorney Dereck Dindial submitted that the accused had no previous convictions or pending matters and was willing to submit to any bail conditions imposed by the court. He said Bharat’s parents were also willing to be his surety.

The magistrate granted him bail with approval on the condition that he has no contact directly, indirectly or through a third party with the child.

He also has to report twice a week to the Point Fortin Police Station. Neither the child nor her mother was in court for the proceedings. The matter was adjourned to March 13.