Defendant Reshmi Dipnarine
Case against woman on rape charges adjourned again
...lawyers for State and defence not in court
NIKITA BRAXTON firstname.lastname@example.org
THE preliminary enquiry in which a woman is charged with
two offences of raping a 17-year-old boy, was expected to begin in the
San Fernando Magistrates' Court today.
However, the State and defence attorneys and the police investigator in the matter all failed to show up. As a result, the hearing had to be adjourned.
When the matter was called on August 8, the State indicated that it
was ready to begin calling witnesses in the five-year-old case against
In 2008, Dipnarine, who was then 21 years old and living in Freeport, was charged that on March 30 and April 4 of that year, she had sexual intercourse with a teenager without his consent at Teak Avenue, Claxton Bay.
State attorney Trevor Jones noted at the last hearing that the alleged victim and his mother were present in court and the prosecution was ready to begin.
He said the longer the case took to get off the ground, the harder it would be for him to prosecute.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington, presiding in the San Fernando First Magistrates' Court, set the hearing to begin today.
However, when Dipanarine was called before the court, Jones, and Dipnarine's attorney Dexter Bailey were not present.
Wellington asked whether the police officer who laid the charge was in court. He was not, and the case was adjourned to September 19, when it is scheduled to begin.
Dipnarine is out on $80,000 bail and is under a court order to stay 100 feet away from the alleged victim.