A 22-year-old Venezuelan man was denied bail when he appeared before a Siparia Magistrate charged with one count of sexual penetration of a child. He was remanded into custody as is expected to re-appear in court on November 15th. The following is a press release from the TTPS:

A 22-year-old Venezuelan man, who police believe sexually assaulted a girl who was reported missing, was denied bail last Friday after appearing virtually before a Siparia Magistrate. The accused was remanded into custody pending tracing of his criminal record and is expected to reappear before the court on November 15th, 2021.

The suspect was charged with one count of sexual penetration of a child on October 14th by W/Sgt (Ag.) Charles of the South-Western Child Protection Unit (CPU) following a 2020 police report in which a woman reported that her daughter had disappeared.

During the course of the investigation, the girl was located and later told CPU detectives that she was allegedly made to have sexual intercourse with a man whom she knows. Enquiries led to the arrest of the suspect who was subsequently charged with the offence. The investigation was spearheaded by W/Superintendent of Police, Claire Guy-Allyene, with field supervision by ASP Roberts and Insp (Ag.) Knutt of the South-Western CPU.