Friday, December 15, 2017

PC on sex charges can’t secure bail

A POLICE OFFICER who was unable to secure bail on sexual charges and misbehaviour in public office, after he allegedly failed to act when two female teens were being sexually assaulted, was yesterday taken to prison.

PC Adrian Mohammed, who has three years' service and was last attached to the Southern Division Highway Patrol Branch, was granted $110,000 bail by Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington.

But the Express was told he was unable to have the bail posted and was taken into custody.

He was jointly charged with port worker Anthony La Foucade, 22, on two charges that on August 6 at Claxton Bay they sexually penetrated a 16-year-old girl and another female under the age of 16.

It was also alleged against them that they sexually touched a female child who is under the age of 16 years.

 The charges were laid under the Children's Act. The Express understands Mohammed and La Foucade were the first to be charged under this Act.

Mohammed, 24, was also charged with misbehaviour in public office as it was alleged that being an officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, he failed to act when sexual offences were being committed on two children, with one child being under the age of 16.

The girl is 15 years old, the Express was told.

Defence attorney Subhas Panday said both men had no convictions or pending matters before the court. Panday said Mohammed was on active duty until the offence.

Wellington placed Mohammed on $110,000 bail while La Foucade was granted $90,000 bail.

They have been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims.

The matters were adjourned to September 8.