Monday 30 November, 2020

Mt Hope man granted bail after pleading guilty to beating woman

Photo: Sherlon Caseman pleaded guilty to beating a woman and was granted bail. Photo courtesy the TTPS.

Photo: Sherlon Caseman pleaded guilty to beating a woman and was granted bail. Photo courtesy the TTPS.

Police said a 36-year-old man who pleaded guilty to beating a woman was granted bail on condition that he stay away from the victim. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service said in a statement issued Wednesday that Sherlon Caseman, a 36-year-old, Clerical Officer, of Breezy Heights, Mt Hope, appeared before Magistrate Nalini Singh at the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court via virtual hearing on Tuesday to answer to the charges of the Breach of a Protection Order and Assault by Beating.

The accused pleaded guilty to both charges and was granted own bail in the sum of $10,000 to cover both charges with the following conditions:

1. The defendant is to have no communication with the victim.

2. He is not allowed to reside at the stated address until the next date of hearing.

The victim obtained a Protection Order at the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court on September 11, 2019, which is valid for a period of three years.

The accused, Sherlon Caseman, was named as the respondent in the said order. The order prohibited the respondent from engaging in acts that amount to domestic violence or threatening to engage in acts that will amount to domestic violence.

The victim alleged that on April 11, 2020 at 8.30 pm, she was at her home preparing dinner in the kitchen area, when the accused came into the kitchen and stood beside her, demanding that she move.

The victim claimed that she refused to move and the accused became annoyed and held onto her neck with his right hand and flung her into the kitchen counter.

On July 30, 2020 at 1.30 pm, the victim proceeded to Gender-Based Violence Unit (GBVU), Northern Division based at the Maloney Police Station where she made a report.

WPC Macoon was detailed to investigate the matter, statements were recorded from the victim and other witnesses, and the scene visited. On September 7, 2020, the investigator, WPC Macoon and other officers of the Gender Based Violence Unit proceeded to the home of the defendant.

WPC Macoon identified herself and the other Police Officers to the accused. She told him of the report made against him by the victim and cautioned him.

She also asked him if he was served a copy of the protection order and he replied yes.

WPC Macoon then informed the accused that he was under arrest. He was then conveyed to the Maloney Police Station where he was formally charged for the offences of Breach of Protection Order and Assault by Beating.

The matter was adjourned to September 15, 2020.

Investigations were spearheaded by Head of the Gender-Based Violence Unit Supt (Ag) Claire Guy-Alleyne and supervised by Inspector (Ag) Stanley and W/Cpl Edwards assisted by PC King.

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