A 25-year-old labourer was granted $250,000 bail when he appeared before Magistrate Erica Baptiste-Ramkissoon at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court today charged with five sexual offences against a minor. The following is a press release from the TTPS:

A 25-year-old man was granted bail in the sum of $250,000 with a surety when he appeared before Magistrate Erica Baptiste-Ramkissoon at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court today, Monday 6th September 2021. The accused was charged with five sexual offences. The accused was also required to stay 250 meters away from the victim, and he must report to the Rio Claro Police Station every Tuesday between 6 am and 6 pm.

The accused was charged with five offences:
One (1) count of Sexual Penetration
Two (2) counts Sexual Touching
Two (2) counts of Indecent Assault

The labourer, of Rio Claro, was arrested after relatives of the minor, made a report to the Rio Claro Police Station on Thursday 2nd July, 2020. The reported stated that while the minor was at home, the accused fondled and sexually penetrated the minor. The offences allegedly occurred sometime between the period December 2013 to December 2019.

WPC La Fortune, of the Eastern Division Child Protection Unit, conducted an investigation into the matter which resulted in the arrest and charge of the labourer on Saturday 4th September, 2021. The accused is expected to reappear at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court on 4th October, 2021, to answer the charges. Investigations were supervised by W/Supt Ag. Claire Guy- Alleyne, ASP Roberts and Sgt Baptiste of the Child Protection Unit.