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Lawyer: Rape accused’s photo plastered all over

Alleged victim a three-year-old

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

THE lawyer for a 19-year-old man charged with the rape of a three-year-old infant told the court yesterday the defendant’s photograph had been posted in his village and he was being called a rapist.

Omarion David, 19,  of Tabaquite appeared before the Couva magistrate charged with grievous sexual assault on the child at a house on March 19.

He was not called upon to plead to the indictable charge laid by PC Kevin Badal of the Brasso Police Station.

Defence attorney Darryl Giles said David had no pending or previous matter before the court.

Giles, however, told Senior Magistrate Lucina Cardenas-Ragoonanan he was concerned that his client’s character was being compromised by residents who had been posting photographs of David and calling him a rapist.

Cardenas-Ragoonanan asked police prosecutor Sgt Hasrath Haspodeen to investigate the claim.

David’s mother, who was in court for yesterday’s proceedings, said she was willing to take his bail.

The woman, 38, told the magistrate she had a previous matter 19 years ago, for possession of arms and ammunition but that these matters had been dismissed.

Cardenas-Ragoonanan placed David on $65,000 bail with his mother as surety.

As a condition of bail, David was told he is not to make any contact with the alleged victim and he is to report to the Brasso Police Station once a week.

Giles requested documents from the prosecution to help build his case and Haspodeen said the prosecution will be ready to begin by the next hearing.

The matter was set for trial for May 7.

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