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A man from central Trinidad accused of assaulting his common-law wife and destroying her cellphone after she allegedly confronted him over infidelity has been released on $60,000 bail.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, was granted the surety bail when he made a virtual court appearance before Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambhajan, yesterday morning.

The man was arrested by Central Division Police on Saturday at the couple’s Charlieville home after he attacked the victim, who never applied for a protection order previously, and destroyed her $3,000 cellphone.

During the brief court appearance, police prosecutors objected to bail as they claimed that they were concerned for the victim’s safety if he returned to the residence.

The man’s lawyer Bhimal Maharajh noted that his client had a clean criminal record and was willing to relocate to his brother’s home in Cunupia for the duration of the case.

Rambhajan eventually granted the man bail under the condition that he remains living at his brother’s home, that he refrains from contacting or coming within 200 metres of her.

Rambhajan also granted a cash alternative of $10,000 in the event that the man’s relatives do not have a property to be held as security for his bail.

The man was ordered to reappear in court on September 28. (DA)