A 22-year-old unemployed man has been slapped with 18 charges including buggery, sexual penetration and kidnapping involving four victims.
One of the victims included a 12-year-old schoolboy of East Port-of-Spain.
Josiah Nicholas of Strathclyde Ave, Cascade, appeared before the Port-of-Spain 7th Magistrates’ Court today, where bail was denied.
He was also charged with common assault; possession of a firearm; kidnapping, false imprisonment; sexual penetration; sexual touching; robbery with violence, driving without a drivers’ permit and driving without a certificate of insurance.
This incident is alleged to have occurred on Saturday 28th April, 2018, when the victim who was walking along Gordon Street, Port of Spain, was forced into a Kia Sportage SUV motor vehicle, at gunpoint, blindfolded and taken to an unknown location.
Victim No.2 - an 18-year-old male, was awaiting transport along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Trincity, around 1 pm on Sunday 8th April, 2018, when he was ordered at gunpoint into a Hyundai Tucson SUV motor vehicle driven by man.
The victim was allegedly taken to an abandoned house at Andrew Lane, D’Abadie, resulting in the following charges being laid against the accused: kidnapping, false imprisonment, buggery, grievous sexual assault and robbery.
Victim No.3 - a 37-year-old woman was at her home in the Arima district on Saturday 28th April, 2018, around 2:30 pm, when a man armed with a firearm entered the premises.
The woman was robbed of a quantity of items and sexually assaulted.
The accused was subsequently charged with robbery and grievous sexual assault. Members of the public are asked to like and follow the TTPS via our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news and information on matters of interest to the general public.
Victim No.4 - a 27-year-old male was awaiting transportation along Mausica Road, D’Abadie, on Saturday 28th April, 2018, around 3:40 pm when he was forced at gunpoint into a Hyundai Tucson SUV motor vehicle driven by a male suspect.
He was taken to an abandoned house at Andrew Lane, D’Abadie, and made to remove his clothing.
The accused was charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment.
All 18 matters were heard in the Port of Spain 7th Magistrates’ Court and the offences that occurred in the Port of Spain Division were postponed to Tuesday 8th May, 2018, while the incidents which occurred in the Northern Division were transferred to the Arima Magistrates’ Court for hearing on Wednesday 9th May, 2018.
Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Port of Spain Division, Snr. Supt. (Ag.), Ajith Persad, led the investigations into the incident involving the minor and the charges were laid by WPC Trudy McClean, after advice was received from the Director of Public Prosecution, Roger Gaspard SC, on Friday 4th May, 2018.
For the offences committed in the Northern Division, the charges were laid by Constables Thomas and Ramsawak and WPC Pamponette of Arima CID.