A 32-year-old man from the Dominican Republic, accused of raping and robbing his estranged Trinidadian wife, has been again denied bail.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, was initially denied bail when he first appeared in court last month, as he was unrepresented.
His lawyer Bhimal Maharajh made a bail application when his client reappeared before Magistrate Adrian Darmanie on Wednesday.
“We have a case where the accused is seeking to regularise his citizenship, does have a secure job, no pending matters in this jurisdiction, nor in the Dominican Republic, which should weigh heavily in his favour,” Maharajh said.
Maharajh claimed that his client, who is an electrician, came to Trinidad in 2019 and is currently in the process of applying for residency based on his marriage to the victim.
Darmanie eventually denied him bail based on the strength of the prosecution’s case.
According to the summary of evidence in the case, the incident occurred at the victim’s home in Charlieville on April 2.
The victim was allegedly returning home from work when she saw her husband in front of the house.
The victim allegedly tried to run to the main road but was caught by her husband, who punched her several times and forced her inside the house.
The husband raped and buggered the victim and then choked her until she went unconscious.
When she revived, she reported the incident to the police.
The husband was charged with choking, rape, buggery and malicious wounding. He was also slapped with a robbery with violence charge as he is alleged to have stolen the victim’s gold bracelet valued at $18,000.
The man is scheduled to reappear in court on June 2.