Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Update: Trini gets $800,000 bail for rape of two UK tourists

Editor's note: This story has been updated

The man accused of the kidnapping, rape and robbery of two UK tourists in Tobago, has appeared in court to answer to the charges arising out of the incident.

Artherly 'Ratty' Fraser, a 34-year-old driver originally from Arouca but residing in Canaan, Tobago, was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of grievous sexual assault, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery on March 14.

He was granted $800,000 bail when he stood before Magistrate Duane Murray in the Scarborough Magistrates' Court on March 15.

The matter has been adjourned to April 5.

Original story

A 34-year-old Trinidadian who lives in Tobago is expected to appear before the Scarborough Magistrates' court on Friday, charged with the kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault of two British tourists. 

Artherly 'Ratty' Fraser of Canaan was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of grievous sexual assault, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery on March 14. Fraser was charged following a report made to the Shirvan Road Police Station on Monday, by two female tourists from the United Kingdon.

The charges arose from an incident which allegedly occurred at 1:30 am on the same day the report was made. The victims were participating in festivities at the weekly 'Sunday School' event in Buccoo, when they hired a private driver to return to the guest house they were staying at in Black Rock. While en route, the driver stopped along Grafton Beach and proceeded to rape, sexually assault and rob the women of their cellphones before escaping in his vehicle. 

An investigation was immediately launched into the matter and led to Fraser's arrest at his home at 7 am on Tuesday by officers of the Scarborough Criminal Investigations Department. 

Charges were laid by WPC Phillip-Radix.

 

 

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