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A MAYARO man, 55 was denied bail yesterday when he appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy.

Police said that on April 5 the suspect was arrested and charged by PC Mahabir of the Eastern Division Child Protection Unit after a woman reported to him that her son was assaulted by a man she knows on April 3.

The incident was investigated and following the man’s arrest he was charged.

He is expected to re-appear in court on April 9.

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