Friday 27 November, 2020

Police: Soldier allegedly told woman 'I will done you tonight'

Police said a soldier who was charged with breaching a protection order was granted bail.

In a statement issued Sunday (August 30), the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said Lance Corporal Anson Allister Young appeared at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court on August 25 to answer to the charge of breaching a protection order and common assault.

The accused appeared before Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay at the Sangre Grande Magistrate Virtual Court where the said matters were called and he was granted bail in the sum of $40,000 to cover both charges with the following conditions:

1. He is to report to the Matura Police Station every Wednesday between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm.

2. He is not to make contact with the victims directly or indirectly. 

The matter was then adjourned to Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Police said July 10, 2019, a woman received a protection order against Young which is valid for three years.

However on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm, the woman and her children returned home in a vehicle driven by her brother, when it was alleged that the accused drove up behind the said vehicle.

He was allegedly driving a Defence Force vehicle and dressed in his Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force uniform. 

It was further alleged that he alighted from the vehicle and approached the vehicle in which the woman was seated.  He then started to use obscenities towards her and hurled accusations while damaging a laptop and cell phone belonging to the victim during the fracas.

It was also alleged that he then took out what appeared to be a pistol from his waist and pointed it at the woman’s head telling her that he would “done her tonight”.  The children began crying, the youngest child vomiting.

He then left the area. 

Following the incident, the woman then made a report to the Matura Police Station to Cpl Williams who referred the matter to the Gender-Based Violence Unit, Eastern Division. W/Sgt Felix, became the investigator.

W/Sgt Felix conducted interviews and the scene was processed.

On Friday August 21, 2020, the investigator proceeded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) where she was subsequently advised on August 24, 2020 to prefer charges against Young.

The 38-year old soldier was charged on the same date for the offences.

Investigations were spearheaded by Head of the Gender-Based Violence Unit, Superintendent Claire Guy-Alleyne and supervised by Inspector Stanley. 

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