Male rape victim faces questions in court

By san fernando \\\\\ Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

THE MAN who was alle­gedly raped twice by a female six years ago appeared in court yesterday to face cross-examination.

The young man stood in court when the case against Reshmi Dipnarine was called before San Fernando deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington.

Dipnarine was charged back in 2008 with having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old without his consent.

The alleged victim gave evidence last Feb­ru­­­ary. However, he failed to appear in court on two occasions for cross-examination and summonses were issued.

The court later learnt he was in Tobago.

Yesterday, the man was present to be questioned by defence attorney Dexter Bailey.

State attorney Sunita Ramjattan said the victim’s

mother and Constable Harripersad, the officer who charged Dipnarine, were other witnesses to be called in the case.

Wellington reminded Ramjattan and Bailey it was a 2008 matter.

Back then, Dipnarine, who was then 21 years old and living in Freeport, was charged with the March 30 and April 4, 2008, allegations.

Dipnarine is on $80,000 bail and is under a court order to stay 100 feet away from the alleged victim.

The matter was yesterday adjourned to September 22.

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