A 34-year-old Toco man was arrested and charged with breaching a protection order and assaulting a woman, on Saturday 10th October 2020.

The accused, ROBERT GEORGE of Cumana Depot Road, Cumana, Toco, appeared virtually before Magistrate Erica Baptiste-Ramkissoon at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court, where he was granted bail with a surety in the sum of $20,000 on the condition that he not have contact with the woman.

The matter will next be heard on Monday 9th November 2020.

34-year-old ROBERT GEORGE of Cumana Depot Road, Cumana, Toco, was granted bail with a surety in the sum of $20,000, on the charges of breaching a protection order and assaulting a woman. (Image: TTPS)

According to official police reports, on Thursday 13th February 2020, the female victim applied and obtained a protection order against Robert George. The order prohibited him from engaging in, or threatening to engage in any act of domestic violence towards her—including verbal and physical abuse—for a period of two years.

The TTPS release states that on Wednesday 23rd of September 2020, the woman was at home with her children and George when an argument occurred. It was alleged he grabbed her by her face and neck and then dealt her a blow to her belly.

The victim filed a report concerning the incident at the Sangre Grande Police Station on Sunday 4th October 2020. The matter was transferred to the Gender Based Violence Unit (GBVU), and WPC Narine was detailed to conduct enquiries.

Reports are that WPC Narine met and interviewed the woman, who produced a protection order obtained previously at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court, on 13th February 2020.

The woman revealed that she did not make a report of the incident to the police earlier, as she was hopeful that the relationship would have improved. She also identified several marks on her face, neck and left upper arm, which she stated she allegedly received at the hands of the defendant when he assaulted her on September 23rd.

Based on information received, WPC Narine proceeded to Road Mosque where she met George. He was arrested and taken to the Toco Police Station where he was formerly charged for the breach of a protection order and assault by beating.

His case goes before the courts again in November 2020.