A man and his wife appeared in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl over a four-year period.
Leroy, 41, and Annmarie Pascall, 43, of Longdenville, Chaguanas, faced Senior Magistrate Gillian Scotland who read the joint charge that between January 1, 2010 and February 28, 2014 they had sexual intercourse with the girl.
Annmarie Pascall faced an additional allegation that she committed an act of grievous sexual assault against the teen last Christmas Eve.
The alleged victim, an 18-year-old, attended court yesterday in the company of a female relative.
The media were barred from the proceedings but were told the 18-year-old and Annmarie Pascall cried while the matter was being heard.
Relatives were also not allowed in court. However, during the case, a male relative was asked to step inside.
The Express was told the magistrate asked him about an allegation made by the teenager that he had threatened her. The man denied the claim.
In his request for bail, defence attorney Taradath Singh said his clients were responsible for the care of seven children. He also said the parents were not holders of valid passports and lived at their address for the past 16 years.
Police prosecutor Sgt Shiva Boodoo made no objection to the two being placed on bail.
Scotland placed Annmarie Pascall on $125,000 bail and her husband, a permanently employed assistant supervisor, on $100,000 bail.
The two were ordered by the magistrate to have no contact with the teen and to stay 100 metres away from her.
They will return to court on May 5.
The teenager has alleged she was raped by the couple, and that the woman used adult toys to perform sexual acts on her.
The couple will return to court on May 5.