A magistrate is expected to reconsider next week bail for a father and son from central Trinidad, who are both accused of molesting two of their under-age neighbours.
The relatives, ages 47 and 24, who cannot be identified to protect the identities of their alleged victims, were initially remanded into custody after appearing before Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan via a virtual hearing on Monday.
In applying for bail for the duo, their lawyer Bhimal Maharajh noted that both had clean criminal records before being charged.
Police prosecutors objected as they pointed out that if they were to be released they would return to their home, which is located next to the victims.
Maharajh said that they were willing to move to their relative’s home in La Romain for the duration of their case.
Prosecutors claimed that they would have to verify their claims over their ability to relocate.
Rambachan adjourned his decision on the issue to next Tuesday.
The father and son were among five men arrested by the Central Division’s Child Protection Unit (CPU) for sexual offences last week.
The father, who has diabetes, alleged had a health scare while being detained at the Chaguanas Police Station for several days. He was taken to hospital for treatment and was returned to the station to be charged.
The offences allegedly committed by the relatives on the siblings, who are still minors, took place on unknown days in 2018. (DA)