Sunday 29 November, 2020

Mom gets $500 bail for not reporting husband's sex-assault of daughter

A 52-year-old woman has appeared before the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court for one count of failing to report the sexual assault of her daughter. She was granted $500 bail by Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay on Monday.

According to a statement by the Police Service (TTPS), officers of the Eastern Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) arrested and charged the mother-of-three on Sunday. Her common-law husband, who is the suspect in the matter, has since gone into hiding. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

In a separate incident, a 61-year-old driver from Tobago was detained by police for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. The victim was assisting police with an inquiry into a physical assault case when she revealed that she had been molested by the man since she was seven-years-old.

Inquiries were conducted and the taxi-driver was arrested and charged with three counts of grievous sexual assault and three counts of sexual intercourse with a female under age 14. He appeared before Magistrate Indrani Cedeno at the Scarborough Magistrate’s Court and was granted bail in the sum of $400,000 or $20,000 cash.

The Child Protection Unit (CPU) is urging parents and guardians to exercise due diligence when it comes to the safety of their charges.

“During this period where children are at home and more susceptible to predators, do not leave children unattended or in the care of questionable adults,” the CPU warned.

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