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Father on incest charge stays in jail

By Rickie Ramdass

A DIEGO MARTIN man charged with raping his ten-year-old daughter on three occasions last year was denied bail when he appeared before a Port of Spain magistrate yesterday.
The 32-year-old man was remanded into custody by Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor and will reappear in court this morning.
His prison detention was as a result of his criminal background trace not being made available during yesterday’s hearing.
Also, the magistrate said she needed further information on where the man would be residing if granted bail, as he would be required to not make any physical or verbal contact with the girl.
Under law, the media are allowed to publish the name of people charged with sexual offences but in this instance, the man’s name has been withheld in order to protect the identity of the child.
He appeared unrepresented before Baboolal-Gafoor in the Seventh Court and was not called upon to plead to the indictable charges.
The man was arrested on Friday during an exercise in the Western Division headed by Snr Supt Ishmael David after the girl’s relatives made a report to police informing them of the alleged offences.
During today’s appearance, Baboolal-Gafoor is expected to address the issue of bail.
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