A Tobago man was placed on $45,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges of assault by beating and exposing a minor to danger.
Sean Manswell, a 49-year-old, labourer, of Castara, appeared before Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor at the Scarborough Magistrates’ First Court on August 19th.
He was granted bail with surety and ordered to adhere to the following:

  1. The Defendant must report to the Moriah Police Station each and every Saturday before 6pm.
  2. The Defendant must not come within 100 metres of the minor.
  3. The Defendant must not come within 100 metres of a woman.
  4. The Defendant must vacate the home in which he shares with both victims and only return for clothing and toiletries with police present.
  5. The Defendant must not come within 100 metres of said home above.

The matter was postponed to September 16th.
According to police reports, the victim reported to police that on August 16th she was at her Castara, Tobago home when she got into a heated argument with the accused. During the incident, he allegedly dealt her several blows about her the body in the presence of a minor.

A report was made to the Moriah Police Station and the matter referred to the Gender-Based Violence Unit, Tobago Division based at Scarborough Police Station. The victim sought medical attention at the Scarborough General Hospital where she was medically examined and discharged.

Investigations were spearheaded by Head of the Gender-Based Violence Unit, W/Superintendent (Ag.) Claire Guy-Alleyne and supervised W/Cpl Smith. Charges were laid by WPC Cox.