child rape

A garbage truck lorryman charged with sexual penetration of his 12-year-old brother has been placed on bail.

The 26-year-old appeared virtually before Princes Town senior magistrate Indira Misir-Gosine on Thursday.

It is alleged that his brother who was 12 years old at the time, was made to perform oral sex on him. The man was charged that on February 8 2019 he committed an act of sexual penetration on the male child knowing him to be in familial relationship. The lorryman who also works in the construction industry, was arrested last Tuesday.

During his court appearance, he was not called upon to plea to the indictable charge laid by constable Hamilton of the Southern Division Child Protection Unit.

His criminal record showed he had a pending attempted murder charge from 2012 and four pending charges for sex with a female between the ages of 14 to 16 years old from November 2013 to October 2014. The defence however said that the matters had since been dismissed.

Police prosecutor Sgt Mohammed objected to bail based on the seriousness of the offence and the man’s proximity to the child.

The court was however told, through the defence, that the accused had moved from the residence and had been living with a relative.

The accused was placed on bail $175,000 bail with the condition that he stays away from the child.

Misir-Gosine then adjourned the matter to next month.


Pandemic tears.

Both Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday confessed to being reduced to tears in the face of their “disappointment” over “the response of the national community to pandemic restrictions” and the tragic consequences that flow from it.

The Government deepened and tightened its containment measures from midnight last night, announcing that with the exception of essential services the country goes into extended lockdown until May 23.

The Covid-19 death toll jumped again yesterday, with five added deaths being reported by the Ministry of Health.

The death toll from the virus now stands at 196.

The latest deaths included one elderly male and one middle-age male, both with co-morbidities; as well as two middle-age males and one middle-age female, without co-morbidities.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on the Government to engage all stakeholders to form a united front to fight Covid-19.

“This is a time for humility and not a time for arrogance. The UNC and many stakeholders have been trying to assist since the beginning of this crisis, but the Government has pursued its own way,” Persad-Bissessar stated in a news release yesterday.

NATIONAL flags across the country will be flying at half-mast today as former minister of energy and energy industries Franklin Khan is laid to rest.

Khan’s funeral will be held from 10 a.m. at Aramalaya Presbyterian Church in Tunapuna, with only ten people at the service in keeping with Covid-19 regulations.

A gift of 100,000 vaccines from China will make its way to Trinidad and Tobago from next week, says Health Minister Terrence Deyal­singh.

He added that some 33,600 AstraZeneca vaccines will also be arriving at Piarco on Monday from the COVAX facility.

Speaking yesterday at the Prime Minister’s news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, Deyalsingh noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had given approval to the Sino­pharm vaccine for emergency use.