‘I was beaten in jail’

In prison on charges of kidnapping

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

 MAXI TAXI driver Rodney Andy Lopez yesterday claimed he was beaten and threats were made on his life while in prison on charges of kidnapping and indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy.

In renewing her application for bail for her client yesterday, defence attorney Petronilla Basdeo said that Lopez had already been “punished in jail” for a alleged crime which he has not been found guilty.

“He was also threatened that if he came back (to jail) the punishment will continue,” Basdeo told Princes Town Magistrate Debra Quintyne.

Lopez, 30 of Tableland was denied bail by another magistrate on Monday and remanded in prison custody after the prosecution asked for time to have his criminal background checked.

Yesterday, police prosecutor Sgt Krishna Bedassie said the accused man had no previous or pending matters before the courts.

Quintyne granted him $100,000 surety bail with the condition  that he stays 1,000 feet away from the alleged victim “anywhere within Trinidad and Tobago”.

Lopez will return to court on January 21.

It alleged that on October 23 last year, Lopez committed two acts of indecent assault against a male at Charuma Agricultural Access Road, Tabaquite Road, Rio Claro. Lopez also faced the allegation of taking and carrying away the boy against his will.

Lopez is also charged with taking and carrying away the boy against his will.

The indictable charges were laid by constable Sastri Balliram of the Tableland police station. 


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