Saturday, February 17, 2018

Decision today in child kidnapping and molestation case

Charged: Reeshie Surajbally

A DECISION is expected today in the case against technician Reeshie Surajbally who was charged with kidnapping and sexually touching two girls and giving them alcohol.

Surajbally, 40, of Princes Town was charged with six offences against the then nine year and 14-year-old girls last year May. The acts were allegedly committed while at a sugar estate road in Barrackpore. The girls were allegedly carried to that area after they were taken from High Street, Princes Town.

There were over ten prosecution witnesses in the matter which was heard before senior magistrate Rajendra Rambachan.

Witnesses included both girls who gave statement to the police and were cross examined by defence attorney senior counsel Pamela Elder. Charging officer Alcala of the Police Service Child Protection Unit was also cross examined. Two of the charges were laid under the Children's Act.

The State was represented by attorneys Sara De Silva, Ramdath Phillip and Chantal Hospedales. They proffered statements which were also taken from two police officers who were first on the scene, a crime scene investigator and a police photographer in the matter which proceeded partially by way of paper committal. This is where witness statements are sworn and filed and the defence attorneys request witnesses for cross examination.

Surajbally a married father of two was out on $300,000 bail. He secured bail before the High Court after twice failing in his bid for bail before a magistrate.

At his first court appearance his attorney asked that his client be kept in isolation in prison for his safety.